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Tag: gender

May 2018

Why the definition of autism needs to be refined

by  /  9 May 2018

Five years after its latest revision, the manual used to diagnose autism is back under scrutiny, as evidence suggests it excludes some people on the spectrum.


Scans reveal sex difference in brain thinning during childhood

by  /  9 May 2018

Part of the brain’s outer layer thins too quickly with age in boys with autism, but not in girls with the condition.

Week of AprilApr

Predictive brain waves; spotting liars; pet peeve and more

by  /  4 May 2018

Brain waves in infancy forecast autism, people with more autism features have trouble detecting lies, and veterinarians battle claims that vaccines cause autism in dogs.

April 2018
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Brains of men with autism have some ‘female’ patterns

by  /  25 April 2018

The brains of men with autism may have a mosaic of features from both genders.

March 2018
two children playing a game together

Race, income, education alter accuracy of autism screen

by  /  28 March 2018

Customized cutoff scores could boost the accuracy of a popular autism screen in certain populations.

February 2018
illustration: a woman looking happy on the left and sad or serious on the right.

The costs of camouflaging autism

by  /  21 February 2018

Many girls hide their autism, sometimes evading diagnosis well into adulthood. These efforts can help women on the spectrum socially and professionally, but they can also do serious harm.

January 2018

Girls with autism need help honing social skills in realistic settings

by  /  16 January 2018

Innovative approaches that reflect changes in social expectations can help girls with autism form rewarding relationships with their peers.

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Week of JanuaryJan

Ratio reversal; gender bender; ad accusations and more

by  /  12 January 2018

The male-dominated sex bias in autism is reversed in a related syndrome, a researcher’s gender could influence her study’s outcome, and an award-nominated ad featuring a young man with autism draws criticism.

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Prevalence of autism in U.S. remains steady, new data suggest

by  /  8 January 2018

The prevalence of autism in the United States remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis.

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December 2017

From people with autism, lessons for scientists on love, compassion

22 December 2017

People with autism teach researchers about compassion, honesty, love — and the joys of the holidays.