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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.
Nearly 50% of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of autism symptoms, study finds

Nearly 50% of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of autism symptoms, study finds

3D mini brains put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system

3D mini brains put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system

Optogenetics research sheds new light on social-spatial learning

Optogenetics research sheds new light on social-spatial learning

Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive function

Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive function

Racial differences in parents’ reports of child’s autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosis

Racial differences in parents’ reports of child’s autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosis

CLOCK gene plays key role in regulating many genes important to brain evolution

CLOCK gene plays key role in regulating many genes important to brain evolution

Hand preference well defined at 18th week of gestation, study says

Hand preference well defined at 18th week of gestation, study says

New pluripotent stem cell technology provides insights into neuropsychiatric disorders

New pluripotent stem cell technology provides insights into neuropsychiatric disorders

People with autism have different reactions to odors that carry social cues

People with autism have different reactions to odors that carry social cues

Mothers of teenagers with ASD report higher levels of negative psychological symptoms

Mothers of teenagers with ASD report higher levels of negative psychological symptoms

Distinct small differences in the human brain may contribute to our cognitive abilities

Distinct small differences in the human brain may contribute to our cognitive abilities

Video game could help youth with autism improve their balance

Video game could help youth with autism improve their balance

Negative school experiences can have adverse long term effects on pupils with autism

Negative school experiences can have adverse long term effects on pupils with autism

Study aims to involve parents in early intervention services for children with autism

Study aims to involve parents in early intervention services for children with autism

Scientists unveil pathology underlying optic nerve hypoplasia in children

Scientists unveil pathology underlying optic nerve hypoplasia in children

New oxytocin chemical sensor could be first step towards early diagnosis of autism

New oxytocin chemical sensor could be first step towards early diagnosis of autism

New research shows how a gene can fuel obesity in mice

New research shows how a gene can fuel obesity in mice

New drug shows promise in mouse model of autism disorder

New drug shows promise in mouse model of autism disorder

Advances in genetic and stem cell techniques help identify therapeutic targets for neurological disorders

Advances in genetic and stem cell techniques help identify therapeutic targets for neurological disorders

Genes influence our eye movements, study shows

Genes influence our eye movements, study shows