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Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
Study uncovers new genes linked to intelligence

Study uncovers new genes linked to intelligence

Diabetes medication could potentially help treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome

Diabetes medication could potentially help treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome

New organoid ‘fusion’ technique helps observe complex interactions between diverse brain regions

New organoid ‘fusion’ technique helps observe complex interactions between diverse brain regions

New screening model effectively identifies Latino infants at risk for autism

New screening model effectively identifies Latino infants at risk for autism

New clinical study aims to prevent onset of epilepsy in children with tuberous sclerosis

New clinical study aims to prevent onset of epilepsy in children with tuberous sclerosis

Novel signal-processing tool enables unbiased, data-driven analysis of ultrasonic vocalizations

Novel signal-processing tool enables unbiased, data-driven analysis of ultrasonic vocalizations

Study sheds light on neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndrome

Study sheds light on neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndrome

Researchers uncover new connection between brain regions involved in early stages of motor control

Researchers uncover new connection between brain regions involved in early stages of motor control

Speech or language impairments may not be linked to tantrums in children with autism

Speech or language impairments may not be linked to tantrums in children with autism

Study shows how probiotic improves integrity of the GI epithelial cell wall in HIV patients

Study shows how probiotic improves integrity of the GI epithelial cell wall in HIV patients

Paternal age at conception may affect social skills of children, study suggests

Paternal age at conception may affect social skills of children, study suggests

Researchers explore link between gut microbiome and nutrition in autism spectrum disorder

Researchers explore link between gut microbiome and nutrition in autism spectrum disorder

Scientists use rooster testes to shed light on how germ cells fight viruses

Scientists use rooster testes to shed light on how germ cells fight viruses

Antidepressant improves drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, rat study shows

Antidepressant improves drug delivery across the blood-brain barrier, rat study shows

Research reveals how alterations in excitation/inhibition balance may lead to psychiatric disorders

Research reveals how alterations in excitation/inhibition balance may lead to psychiatric disorders

Maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy increases risk of ASD in grandchildren

Maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy increases risk of ASD in grandchildren

Caltech researchers discover brain region that judges intensity, ambiguity of facial expressions

Caltech researchers discover brain region that judges intensity, ambiguity of facial expressions

Neuroscience research has rapidly grown over the years, study finds

Neuroscience research has rapidly grown over the years, study finds

Fundamental red flags that may help parents identify autism in children

Fundamental red flags that may help parents identify autism in children

Antidepressant use during early pregnancy not linked to risk of autism, ADHD in kids, study shows

Antidepressant use during early pregnancy not linked to risk of autism, ADHD in kids, study shows