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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.
Scientists identify molecule that plays key role in determining fate of cells under stress

Scientists identify molecule that plays key role in determining fate of cells under stress

Study highlights link between fine motor skills and later language development in children with autism

Study highlights link between fine motor skills and later language development in children with autism

Researchers identify mechanism responsible for spatial issues in people with Down syndrome

Researchers identify mechanism responsible for spatial issues in people with Down syndrome

As measles outbreak fades, N.Y. sets in motion new rules on school vaccinations

As measles outbreak fades, N.Y. sets in motion new rules on school vaccinations

Language skills of all children can benefit from exposure to more speech from caregivers

Language skills of all children can benefit from exposure to more speech from caregivers

Researchers map uncharted area of genome using advanced imaging

Researchers map uncharted area of genome using advanced imaging

Lab-grown brain organoids and the brains of preemie babies generate similar electrical impulses

Lab-grown brain organoids and the brains of preemie babies generate similar electrical impulses

Psychopathy associated with robust alterations in expression of genes, study shows

Psychopathy associated with robust alterations in expression of genes, study shows

“Mini Brains” in the lab show electrical activity similar to a preemie’s brain

“Mini Brains” in the lab show electrical activity similar to a preemie’s brain

Claims that cesarean sections increase the risk of autism are “highly unlikely”, say experts

Claims that cesarean sections increase the risk of autism are “highly unlikely”, say experts

Cannabis use may alter gene linked to autism in male sperm

Cannabis use may alter gene linked to autism in male sperm

Autism rates growing faster among racial minorities in the United States, research shows

Autism rates growing faster among racial minorities in the United States, research shows

Stable home lives could lead to positive outcomes for preterm infants

Stable home lives could lead to positive outcomes for preterm infants

Difference between people with autism and rest of the population is shrinking, finds study

Difference between people with autism and rest of the population is shrinking, finds study

Scientists identify specific gene that plays key role in several psychiatric conditions

Scientists identify specific gene that plays key role in several psychiatric conditions

Measles back in UK three years after elimination

Measles back in UK three years after elimination

Machine learning reveals links between genetic factors and behavior

Machine learning reveals links between genetic factors and behavior

Combining electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones helps improve hearing

Combining electrical stimulation with repetitive musical tones helps improve hearing

Decoding abnormal touch sensitivity in autism spectrum disorders

Decoding abnormal touch sensitivity in autism spectrum disorders

UCLA-led researchers identify 69 genes that increase risk for autism spectrum disorder

UCLA-led researchers identify 69 genes that increase risk for autism spectrum disorder