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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.
Transgender and non-binary individuals more likely to display autistic traits, study finds

Transgender and non-binary individuals more likely to display autistic traits, study finds

Atypical eating behaviors may indicate autism

Atypical eating behaviors may indicate autism

Researchers develop new technique to accurately detect ASD in children

Researchers develop new technique to accurately detect ASD in children

Study reveals first complete wiring diagram of an animal's nervous system

Study reveals first complete wiring diagram of an animal's nervous system

Problem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autism

Problem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autism

Uncovering how tics are suppressed may provide insight to help people at risk for tic disorders

Uncovering how tics are suppressed may provide insight to help people at risk for tic disorders

Social robots can lead to more positive emotions in sick children, study shows

Social robots can lead to more positive emotions in sick children, study shows

New study may explain distinct speech processing functions of left and right brain

New study may explain distinct speech processing functions of left and right brain

Immature mood neurons develop during adolescence

Immature mood neurons develop during adolescence

Study proves that brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations

Study proves that brains of pairs of animals synchronize during social situations

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

New swine model helps scientists to better understand human brain

New swine model helps scientists to better understand human brain

High levels of acid in processed foods could affect fetus' developing brain

High levels of acid in processed foods could affect fetus' developing brain

Eyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study shows

Eyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study shows

Neuroscientists find anatomical link between cognitive and perceptual symptoms in autism

Neuroscientists find anatomical link between cognitive and perceptual symptoms in autism

Scientists make breakthrough in understanding the genetics of common syndromic autism

Scientists make breakthrough in understanding the genetics of common syndromic autism

Gene associated with increased risk of cannabis abuse

Gene associated with increased risk of cannabis abuse

Parents of autistic adolescents are a critical partner in preparation for learning-to-drive process

Parents of autistic adolescents are a critical partner in preparation for learning-to-drive process

Gut microbiota linked with temperament traits in young children

Gut microbiota linked with temperament traits in young children

Study: Early screening of autism may not be as beneficial as previously thought

Study: Early screening of autism may not be as beneficial as previously thought