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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.
New study shows how developing brain learns to recognize and react to subtle sensory signals

New study shows how developing brain learns to recognize and react to subtle sensory signals

Study may signal major shift in understanding of how the cerebellum encodes information

Study may signal major shift in understanding of how the cerebellum encodes information

Maternal infections during pregnancy may alter genes key to prenatal brain development

Maternal infections during pregnancy may alter genes key to prenatal brain development

Study: Treatment window for Fragile X syndrome likely remains open into maturity after childhood

Study: Treatment window for Fragile X syndrome likely remains open into maturity after childhood

Researchers find new method for diagnosis of autism

Researchers find new method for diagnosis of autism

New study provides insights into strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising child with ASD

New study provides insights into strengths and vulnerabilities of couples raising child with ASD

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy prevents autism traits in offspring

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy prevents autism traits in offspring

First physiological test opens door to early diagnosis of autism

First physiological test opens door to early diagnosis of autism

Study provides insights into genetic, neuronal circuit mechanisms linked to autism's impaired sociability

Study provides insights into genetic, neuronal circuit mechanisms linked to autism's impaired sociability

Frequent interactions with family members can impact age of autism diagnosis, research reveals

Frequent interactions with family members can impact age of autism diagnosis, research reveals

Scientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent females

Scientists create first model of anorexia nervosa using iPSCs derived from adolescent females

Defect in non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children

Defect in non-coding DNA could give rise to language impairments in children

Rutgers study explores barriers to obtaining appointment with developmental and behavioral specialists

Rutgers study explores barriers to obtaining appointment with developmental and behavioral specialists

Exposure to EDCs alters thyroid hormone signalling, early brain development in frog embryos

Exposure to EDCs alters thyroid hormone signalling, early brain development in frog embryos

Researchers discover unexpected link between brain development and tumor invasion

Researchers discover unexpected link between brain development and tumor invasion

New biomarkers may help in diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease

New biomarkers may help in diagnosis and management of Crohn's disease

Researchers test 'three-hit' theory of autism in mice

Researchers test 'three-hit' theory of autism in mice

Major pledge could lead to new treatments for autism

Major pledge could lead to new treatments for autism

Brain cells work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, research finds

Brain cells work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory, research finds

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes to increase risk for severe brain disorders

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes to increase risk for severe brain disorders