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Sex differences among people with autism may be minimal
Autism looks similar in girls and boys, suggest results from a large study of medical records. Girls with the condition score slightly better than boys on some measures of social function and language ability. But boys and girls show no differences in autism severity, cognitive ability or age at diagnosis, the study suggests. The effort is the...
In trials, repurposed drug shows promise for autism
A drug used to treat excessive swelling seems to ease autism features in some children on the spectrum, according to results from a trial in France. But there are concerns about the drug’s side effects, as well as possible placebo effects in the trial. Clinicians prescribe the drug, called bumetanide, to relieve fluid retention after heart...
Deaths up sharply among people with autism: Study
People with autism are three times as likely to die from an injury than the general population, said a study out Tuesday (March 21) that pointed to troubling trends among people with the neurodevelopmental disorder. Deaths among people with autism are up 700 per cent since 1999, according to the report in the American Journal of...