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Back in the News: Is Autism Underdiagnosed in Girls and Women?

Study suggesting gender differences in autism brain activity rekindles interest in lower rate of diagnosis among girls and women
August 15, 2013

This week, Smithsonian.com posted a blog on the continuing debate over whether autism is underdiagnosed among girls and women. The blog cited a recently published study on gender differences in brain activity as seen in the MRI scans of 120 persons with autism. Could lower reported rates of autism in females be due to autism “looking different” than the standard male model?

For more perspective, see “Understanding Sex Differences in Autism” by Autism Speaks Senior Director for Environmental and Clinical Sciences Alycia Halladay.