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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.
'Residual echo' of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders

'Residual echo' of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders

Brain activity test detects variability in cognitive function among children with autism

Brain activity test detects variability in cognitive function among children with autism

New map may be first step to developing treatments for complex brain disorders

New map may be first step to developing treatments for complex brain disorders

New eye test could help identify people with ASD

New eye test could help identify people with ASD

UC's ATS develops new employment model to support people with disabilities

UC's ATS develops new employment model to support people with disabilities

Study provides deeper understanding into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders

Study provides deeper understanding into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders

First in-car study of rush hour pollution finds alarming results

First in-car study of rush hour pollution finds alarming results

Highly intricate visual system arises from simple blueprint present at birth, findings suggest

Highly intricate visual system arises from simple blueprint present at birth, findings suggest

Scientists manage to permeate living cells with small antibodies

Scientists manage to permeate living cells with small antibodies

Study identifies potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Study identifies potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

New tool can identify infants with tuberous sclerosis complex at increased risk of developing ASD

New tool can identify infants with tuberous sclerosis complex at increased risk of developing ASD

Mutations arising after conception may play vital role in autism

Mutations arising after conception may play vital role in autism

Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with day-to-day tasks, study finds

Women and girls with autism may face greater challenges with day-to-day tasks, study finds

Genetics plays major role in how infants visually explore social world, twin study reveals

Genetics plays major role in how infants visually explore social world, twin study reveals

Measles outbreak - 35 reported deaths in Europe

Measles outbreak - 35 reported deaths in Europe

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

Dmrta2 gene mutation can lead to abnormal brain development in unborn babies

Dmrta2 gene mutation can lead to abnormal brain development in unborn babies

Measuring set of proteins may enable earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

Measuring set of proteins may enable earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

UTA researchers recommend evaluation of DCD in children with autism

UTA researchers recommend evaluation of DCD in children with autism

Hospitals ramp up hyperbaric therapy for diabetics, despite concerns

Hospitals ramp up hyperbaric therapy for diabetics, despite concerns