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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: prevalence

December 2011

Beyond stigma

by  /  2 December 2011

In China, some parents of children with developmental disorders seek help — sometimes hundreds of miles from home — but have trouble getting it because of poor healthcare infrastructure, high costs, long lines and doctors’ lack of awareness.

November 2011

Chinese survey says…

by  /  8 November 2011

Knowledge of autism in China is spotty, according to a large survey published last month.

October 2011

Autism rates higher among adults with low birth weight

by  /  31 October 2011

Autism prevalence is five times higher in young adults born weighing 2,000 grams or less compared with controls, according to a study published 17 October in Pediatrics.


Clinical research: Income has no effect on rates of autism

by  /  25 October 2011

A large epidemiological study in Utah that relies on tax information and health records shows that income level does not affect the odds of having a child with autism or intellectual disability.

September 2011

Out of Africa

by  /  6 September 2011

The handful of studies of autism in Africa suggest that only the most severely affected children are seen in clinics.


First mouse model of Timothy syndrome debuts

by  /  5 September 2011

Researchers have created the first mouse model of Timothy syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes heart defects and autism. The findings appeared 30 August in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

August 2011

Jersey score

by  /  23 August 2011

New Jersey has the highest rates of autism in the U.S., but prevalence is highest in neighborhoods where annual incomes exceed $90,000.


Large study finds ‘baby sibs’ at high risk of autism

by  /  15 August 2011

Children who have more than one older sibling with autism have a one in three chance of developing the disorder themselves, according to a study published today in Pediatrics. The risk is higher for boys: Even if they have only one older sibling with autism, they are almost three times more likely than girls with the same family history to develop the disorder.


How many tests does it take to diagnose autism?

by  /  1 August 2011

Only a fraction of autism studies use the gold standard tests to diagnose the disorder in study participants.

July 2011

Experts critique statistics, conclusion of autism twin study

by  /  14 July 2011

A new study of twins proposes the controversial claim that environmental influences during early development are just as, if not more, important than genetics. But the findings are not substantially different from those of previous twin studies, however, and some experts are critical of the study’s statistics.