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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: prevalence

May 2012

Q&A with Eric Fombonne: Are autism’s rising rates real?

by  /  15 May 2012

Child psychiatrist and epidemiologist Eric Fombonne digs through the latest report on the prevalence of autism, suggesting reasons for the apparent increase in the disorder’s rates. 

April 2012

Rate debate

by  /  20 April 2012

Do rising rates of autism point to a true increase in prevalence or simply reflect a growing awareness and thus diagnosis of the disorder?

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March 2012

Rising rates

by  /  30 March 2012

A new report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that autism rates have risen 23 percent since 2009, from 1 in 110 children to 1 in 88.


Genetics: Autism risk higher in full than in half siblings

by  /  23 March 2012

Full siblings are twice as likely as half siblings to share a diagnosis of autism, according to a short report published 28 February in Molecular Psychiatry. The results suggest that genetic factors play an important role in the risk of developing autism, the researchers say.

February 2012

Autism in translation garners more research interest

by  /  23 February 2012

Foreign-language translations of autism screening and diagnostic instruments are proliferating, but there is little research evaluating how well they work. Validation is necessary not only to ensure that children who have autism get the services they need, but also to accurately measure the disorder’s prevalence in different countries, researchers say.


Clinical research: Rates of autism rise based on birth year

by  /  21 February 2012

The likelihood of being diagnosed with autism has increased for children born each year since 1992, especially for individuals at the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, reports a study published 7 December in The International Journal of Epidemiology.


Autism in Africa

by  /  7 February 2012

In Africa, children with autism tend to be diagnosed much later, and are more likely to be nonverbal, than their counterparts in the U.S., according to a new review.

January 2012

Autism’s cost

by  /  10 January 2012

New numbers are shedding light on just how much it costs to care for children with autism — and, importantly, what is driving those costs.


Clinical research: Twin study links low birth weight to autism

by  /  6 January 2012

When twins differ in their diagnosis of autism, the twin with the lower birth weight is about three times more likely to develop the disorder than his or her sibling, according to a study published in the December issue of Psychological Medicine.

December 2011

Adult decisions

by  /  20 December 2011

A new report outlines priorities for studying adults with autism, ranging from designing diagnostic tests to the most effective models of long-term care.