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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.
Combined effect of genetic change and ozone exposure could increase risk for autism

Combined effect of genetic change and ozone exposure could increase risk for autism

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

Could the mTOR pathway be used to protect against cancer?

Could the mTOR pathway be used to protect against cancer?

New approach finds statistical evidence that ancient gene variants contribute to autism

New approach finds statistical evidence that ancient gene variants contribute to autism

Higher paternal age translates into geekier sons !

Higher paternal age translates into geekier sons !

Researchers identify key protein that helps trigger ketamine's rapid antidepressant effects

Researchers identify key protein that helps trigger ketamine's rapid antidepressant effects

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study suggests sons of older fathers have characteristics of ‘geeks’

Study suggests sons of older fathers have characteristics of ‘geeks’

Vast numbers of peripheral genes can influence diseases, Stanford researchers suggest

Vast numbers of peripheral genes can influence diseases, Stanford researchers suggest

Restoring healthy balance in gut bacteria may reduce ASD symptoms

Restoring healthy balance in gut bacteria may reduce ASD symptoms

AMA votes to adopt new policies for improving health of the nation

AMA votes to adopt new policies for improving health of the nation

Researchers shed light on underlying reasons for eye-avoidance by individuals with ASD

Researchers shed light on underlying reasons for eye-avoidance by individuals with ASD

Tailored music sessions could transform lives of post-verbal people, study suggests

Tailored music sessions could transform lives of post-verbal people, study suggests

Fever during pregnancy linked to autism risk

Fever during pregnancy linked to autism risk

Research shows how morphological changes in the brain help shape the human connectome

Research shows how morphological changes in the brain help shape the human connectome

Molecule may play role in helping maintain balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons

Molecule may play role in helping maintain balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons

Review suggests need for improved treatment outcome measures in clinical trials for FXS

Review suggests need for improved treatment outcome measures in clinical trials for FXS

Study finds evidence that genes influence empathy

Study finds evidence that genes influence empathy

Researchers use MRI to show how infant brain connections can predict autism risk at age two

Researchers use MRI to show how infant brain connections can predict autism risk at age two