You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Approximately 11 per cent of Canadian mothers report consuming alcohol during pregnancy, which can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in their children.
With an estimated prevalence of four per cent, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is more common than autism. And yet is it surrounded by myth and stigma.
Autism doesn't have to be viewed as a disability or disorder.
A prettier predator we have not seen.
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Scientists and soldiers deal with alien invaders in the new Predator movie, but how does the science stack up? With brains and brawn you'd think they'd know how to keep an alien tied down to a table.
Studies suggest that pregnant women might be influenced by medical myths on social media.
Pregnant women often get medical information from social media and websites, many of which contain misleading and false information about vaccination. Could OB-GYNs help educate them better?
Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, even though many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children.
Vaccines have long been considered safe, but many people still believe they are not. A new study shows that people who think they know more than medical experts are more likely to believe that vaccine are not safe.
Choosing which languages to teach children in a multilingual family is a tough question.
Parents of autistic children are often encouraged to stick with one language at home - even if they speak several. But should they?
Anxiety can drive obsessions and resistance to change.
Even though people with autism are more likely to think about concrete stuff rather than abstract feelings, anxiety still exists and, if not recognised, can cause significant problems.
Autistic people have an elevated risk of homelessness, according to a new study.
Marius Wernig, Thomas C. Südhof and their colleagues created these “Induced neuronal (iN) cells” from adult human blood cells.
Figuring out what causes diseases like autism, schizophrenia and depression is tricky. Now Stanford University researchers are turning blood into brain cells to study these diseases in a dish.
Pregnant women should be reassured that eating fish is good for their baby and is very unlikely to cause autism.
Many autistic women may be missing out on a diagnosis, new study reveals.
Alek Minassian (second from left in this courtroom sketch) is accused of driving a van into pedestrians along a stretch of a busy Toronto street on Monday April 23, 2018.
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The evidence indicates that having autism spectrum disorder actually reduces the risk of violence.
Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at a hospital in Normandy, ahead of the launch of a new autism strategy.
France has launched a new autism plan – but why does the country lag behind in its provisions for the condition?
The cast of ABC TV’s Employable Me.
Employable Me is being touted as the feel good TV series of 2018. But will it make any difference to how employers approach jobseekers with disabilities?
The message from autistic activists is clear: “nothing about us without us”.
When non-autistic people take the lead on autism research, support and advocacy without input from autistic people, we risk of getting the message wrong and missing key parts of the picture.
Using antipsychotics off licence is causing more problems than it solves.
Do autistic children need social skills interventions in school?
Multiple studies have found links between vitamin D and autism, but nothing is conclusive yet.
Autism and vitamin D: an in-depth look at what the new study actually found.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association stopped using the clinical term Asperger’s syndrome, grouping the condition with other forms of autism under the term ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder.’
As awareness of Asperger's syndrome has risen within popular consciousness and culture, it has faded from clinical use.