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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: prevalence

June 2013

Researchers call for open access to autism diagnostic tools

by  /  24 June 2013

Few studies of autism prevalence have been conducted in low- and middle-income countries. Freely available screening and diagnostic tools could help address this disparity.


Comparing prevalence

by  /  11 June 2013

Cultural factors may explain why attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is diagnosed less frequently in the U.K. than in the U.S., and autism more frequently, suggests a study published 30 May in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

April 2013

Inflated prevalence?

by  /  12 April 2013

A parent phone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess autism rates may have overestimated the prevalence of the disorder in the U.S., says Craig Newschaffer.

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Japanese spectrum

by  /  9 April 2013

Researchers studying autism prevalence should take into account the continuous nature of autism symptoms in the general population, says John Constantino.

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January 2013

New normal

by  /  29 January 2013

New Jersey’s autism rates, which are consistently higher than those of other U.S. states, add weight to the possibility of a true increase in autism prevalence, says Walter Zahorodny.


Community assets

by  /  18 January 2013

The availability of neighborhood resources, such as pediatricians and advocacy organizations, influences rates of autism diagnoses, according to research published 7 December in Social Science and Medicine.


Rising interest

by  /  8 January 2013

Since 2000, the number of scientific papers published on autism has been growing faster than the overall rate of scientific publications. 


Clinical research: Death rate high in autism

by  /  8 January 2013

Of the 305 people diagnosed with autism in Utah in the 1980s, 29 have died. This is about ten times higher than the death rate in the general population during the same time period, according to a study published 25 September in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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December 2012

Flu during pregnancy raises child’s risk of autism

by  /  13 December 2012

Women who have the flu while pregnant double their risk of having a child with autism, according to a large study published 12 November in Pediatrics. The results add to growing evidence of a connection between maternal infection and autism.


Epidemiology: Complex disorder

by  /  6 December 2012

Researchers are digging into the myriad causes of autism to refine its definition and find elusive biological signatures.