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October 2019
Brain diagram shows areas where steroids may affect the brain

Extreme male brain theory of autism rests on shaky ground

by  /  1 October 2019

New data linking autism to steroid levels in pregnant women are inconsistent with basic facts about the biochemistry of steroids.

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September 2019
Woman inside MRI machine with clinicians or doctors looking on with clipboards

Autistic girls’ brains show distinct anatomical features

by  /  16 September 2019

Nerve fiber tracts in the brains of autistic girls appear more fragmented than those of typical girls’. Autistic boys’ brains, meanwhile, look like those of typical boys.

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DNA deletion boosts odds of autism, especially in girls

by  /  2 September 2019

The loss of 21 genes on chromosome 3 may substantially raise the risk of autism.

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August 2019

New maps of neuronal connections reveal roundworms’ wiring

by  /  30 August 2019

Two new maps show the entire nervous system of the adult roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.

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young woman or girl sits alone on a window sill, in a sad posture.

Autistic women twice as likely as autistic men to attempt suicide

by  /  7 August 2019

People on the spectrum, and girls and women in particular, are at high risk of suicide; siblings of autistic people are also at heightened risk.

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July 2019
Illustration shows man penned in by Police line 'do not cross' yellow tape

When autistic people commit sexual crimes

by  /  17 July 2019

Many first-time sex offenders on the spectrum may not understand the laws they break. How should their crimes be treated?

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June 2019

Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

6 June 2019

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on camouflaging in autism.

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Illustration of cerebellum in human brain

Communication in brain shows sex difference in autism

by  /  3 June 2019

Autistic women show unusually strong connections, and autistic men unusually weak ones, between two brain regions.

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May 2019
neurons in mice brains

Inflammation may wield sex-specific effects on developing brain

by  /  8 May 2019

Exposure to inflammation in the womb may affect the brain and behavior of males and females differently.

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A depressed young woman in a tunnel

History of self-harm adds to suicide risk in autistic people

by  /  4 May 2019

People with autism who harm themselves are more than 30 times as likely as the general population to commit suicide. The risk is especially pronounced among girls and women on the spectrum.

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