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Tag: gender

August 2020
Young child on her bed looking at a book.

Studies unravel diversity of traits tied to chromosome 16 mutations

by  /  3 August 2020

Two new analyses help to explain why mutations to the chromosomal region 16p11.2 can lead to autism, intellectual disability or language difficulties.

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July 2020
clinician with child and family

Positive autism screening results rarely prompt follow-up

by  /  2 July 2020

Most toddlers who screen positive for autism do not receive the recommended referrals for follow-up tests or therapies.

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June 2020
three teens chatting

Brain responses to social stimuli may vary by sex in autism

by  /  29 June 2020

Autistic girls’ brains respond more strongly to social stimuli than do autistic boys’.

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Autism tests gauge traits equally well in girls and boys

by  /  5 June 2020

Three widely used tests for assessing autism can accurately measure trait severity in girls and boys.

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May 2020
Illustration: a person faces a computer screen, away from the viewer, while ominous profiles of people surround them, looking inward.

Radical online communities and their toxic allure for autistic men

by  /  13 May 2020

Isolated from their peers, some autistic men get drawn into extremist views — and, in rare cases, violence — associated with online groups for ‘celibates.’

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Teenage girl sad and sitting by window.

Autistic girls may experience more emotional challenges than autistic boys do

by  /  8 May 2020

Emotion control eludes more girls than boys with autism, according to a new study of young people hospitalized for psychiatric issues.

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Mom at home with two kids trying to help them with online work.

Quarantine may hit autistic women and children hardest

by  /  6 May 2020

The coronavirus lockdown has radically disrupted autistic people’s schedules and access to services, according to a new survey.

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April 2020
woman and man preparing food in a kitchen.

Autistic people report poor health, low life satisfaction

by  /  10 April 2020

Autistic children and adults report having poor physical and mental health and quality of life compared with the general population.

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Illustration shows heads and brains inside at various sizes.

Autism’s relationship to head size, explained

by  /  9 April 2020

Some people with autism have an unusually large head. What causes the enlargement? And does it have any bearing on outcome?

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February 2020

Verbal ability may predict age at autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2020

Girls with autism are diagnosed 1.5 years later, on average, than boys with the condition, perhaps because they tend to have stronger verbal skills.

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