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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: prevalence

January 2018
Week of JanuaryJan

Prevalence plateau; herbal inquiry; protein profile and more

by  /  5 January 2018

Autism prevalence plateaued for the years 2014 to 2016, a review finds no evidence that herbal therapies for autism work, and a panel of four proteins in blood may distinguish children with autism.

December 2017
A picture of African students being assessed in a classroom.

Why autism remains hidden in Africa

by  /  13 December 2017

Many African children with autism are hidden away at home — sometimes tied up, almost always undiagnosed. Efforts to bring the condition into the open are only just beginning.

November 2017
Illustration: Parents looking over a railing into a river, while a child balances on the railing beside them.

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

by  /  29 November 2017

Cultural barriers lead clinicians to misdiagnose or miss children with autism in immigrant communities.

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How to address autism in Ethiopia and other low-income nations

by  /  21 November 2017

Even short programs with a focus on mental health can train community health workers to help children with autism in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

October 2017
Mother and child sitting on the floor reading a book.

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with ‘severe autism’ are the most in need of help, yet the most overlooked in research. A new initiative is making them the primary focus.

Newborn child in hospital

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with autism who were born late tend to also have intellectual disability.

Week of OctoberOct

Maternal multivitamins; vaccine retraction; simultaneous schizophrenia and more

by  /  13 October 2017

Taking prenatal multivitamins may reduce the risk of having a child who has autism with intellectual disability, another vaccine-autism link study is being retracted, and schizophrenia sometimes accompanies autism.

September 2017
African American girl and boy hold hands and walk during a sunny day.

Repeat risk of autism in families varies by sex of older sibling

by  /  25 September 2017

Children who have an older sister with autism are more likely to also have the condition than those who have an older brother on the spectrum.

Doctor talking to mother and her toddler child.

Screening tool misidentifies autism in many toddlers

by  /  13 September 2017

Three studies suggest that clinicians need a more finely tuned screen for children younger than 20 months.

Children in pre-school sitting around a learning circle.

South African children with autism may lack access to schools

by  /  8 September 2017

Only about 0.1 percent of children in the Western Cape province of South Africa have autism, according to a review of school records.