Autism

What are the symptoms of autism in a 3-year-old?

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Autism

Researchers devise a more ‘child-friendly’ test for autism

The current methods of diagnosing autism in children use questionnaires and psychologist evaluations. However, these methods can be stressful for those at a young age. New research now suggests an easy, more stress-free test that simply tracks the gaze. Researchers have devised a new, less stressful method of diagnosing autism based on ‘how a child […]

Autism

How a unique gene mutation may drive autism

Which factors drive autism? This is a question to which researchers still have no answer. Now, a new study conducted in mice and assessing data from humans suggests that a unique genetic mutation may play a key role in early brain development, contributing to autism. One gene that plays a key role in early cortical […]

Autism

What to know about autism in girls

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Could processed foods explain why autism is on the rise?

For the first time, scientists have found a molecular connection between a common food preservative, neuronal disruption, and autism spectrum disorder. The findings suggest that there may be a link between the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy and the rise of autism. A new study finds a link between processed foods and autism. The […]

Autism

Autism and the gut microbiome: Further evidence strengthens link

Gut bacteria may contribute directly to the development of autism-like behaviors, according to the results of a new study in mice. Examining gut bacteria reveals new clues about autism. In their study, which features in the journal Cell, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena built on the work of previous studies […]

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Through my eyes: High functioning autism

At the risk of explaining the obvious to the neurotypicals — people not on the autistic spectrum — in the audience, I know that I am not every autistic person. I can only speak of my experience as a thirtysomething white cis man who grew up in semirural Hertfordshire. ‘You don’t seem autistic’ is something […]