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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.
Research advances understanding of neuroimmune mechanisms in ASD

Research advances understanding of neuroimmune mechanisms in ASD

Study shows how variations in receptor genes may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits

Study shows how variations in receptor genes may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

Upstate opens new public cord blood bank in New York

Brain scans determine risk of autism before symptoms develop

Brain scans determine risk of autism before symptoms develop

New book by QMUL researcher uncovers social history of autism

New book by QMUL researcher uncovers social history of autism

Why do children with autism make less eye contact?

Why do children with autism make less eye contact?

Researchers use brain biomarkers to identify autism risk in infants

Researchers use brain biomarkers to identify autism risk in infants

Study reveals possibility to predict autism risk in infants within first year of life

Study reveals possibility to predict autism risk in infants within first year of life

Outdoor adventure program may be effective in reducing severity of ASD symptoms, study finds

Outdoor adventure program may be effective in reducing severity of ASD symptoms, study finds

Salk scientists create circuitoids to study rhythmic pattern in neurons

Salk scientists create circuitoids to study rhythmic pattern in neurons

Penn Medicine's ODC collaborates with FAST to develop gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

Penn Medicine's ODC collaborates with FAST to develop gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

Parenting practices linked to development of children with Fragile X syndrome

Parenting practices linked to development of children with Fragile X syndrome

NHS offers new immersive reality treatment to help children with autism overcome phobias

NHS offers new immersive reality treatment to help children with autism overcome phobias

BYU study reveals inverse link between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism

BYU study reveals inverse link between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism

Study suggests new ways to treat neurological symptoms linked to tuberous sclerosis complex

Study suggests new ways to treat neurological symptoms linked to tuberous sclerosis complex

Geneticists use evolutionary history to shine light on plethora of neurodevelopmental disorders

Geneticists use evolutionary history to shine light on plethora of neurodevelopmental disorders

Study sheds light on role of brain region in social behavior and pathology in autism

Study sheds light on role of brain region in social behavior and pathology in autism

New study uncovers important links between glioblastoma and epileptic seizures

New study uncovers important links between glioblastoma and epileptic seizures

Sleep helps recalibrate brain cells responsible for learning and memory, mice study shows

Sleep helps recalibrate brain cells responsible for learning and memory, mice study shows

Good communication can make medical visits more successful for patients with autism

Good communication can make medical visits more successful for patients with autism