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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.
How a single mutation can devastate cellular function

How a single mutation can devastate cellular function

New 17-item questionnaire may help detect GI disorders in children with autism

New 17-item questionnaire may help detect GI disorders in children with autism

Stress related to social stigma negatively impacts mental health of autistic people

Stress related to social stigma negatively impacts mental health of autistic people

Speech Pathology Australia raises awareness about Developmental Language Disorder

Speech Pathology Australia raises awareness about Developmental Language Disorder

Sweat bees are ideal for studying the genes underlying social behavior

Sweat bees are ideal for studying the genes underlying social behavior

Green filters increase reading speed for children with dyslexia

Green filters increase reading speed for children with dyslexia

Study: Children with autism are more likely to be overweight, obese

Study: Children with autism are more likely to be overweight, obese

Health effects of smoke-filled atmosphere

Health effects of smoke-filled atmosphere

Many parents still skeptical about safety and effectiveness of flu shot, survey finds

Many parents still skeptical about safety and effectiveness of flu shot, survey finds

Studies demonstrate effect of Ketogenic Diet on cognitive health in animals

Studies demonstrate effect of Ketogenic Diet on cognitive health in animals

Human brain cell transplant opens new avenues to understand neurological conditions

Human brain cell transplant opens new avenues to understand neurological conditions

Columbia scientist and collaborators receive $11.3 million to find new targets against brain disease

Columbia scientist and collaborators receive $11.3 million to find new targets against brain disease

Growth of early brain circuits may help predict child's intelligence and emotional health

Growth of early brain circuits may help predict child's intelligence and emotional health

Overweight or obese mothers may have babies with multiple self-regulatory problems

Overweight or obese mothers may have babies with multiple self-regulatory problems

Drug treatment at a young age could help reverse autism-like behavior in tuberous sclerosis

Drug treatment at a young age could help reverse autism-like behavior in tuberous sclerosis

UTSA acquires state-of-the-art microscope to write commands directly into neurons

UTSA acquires state-of-the-art microscope to write commands directly into neurons

Study suggests novel approach to treating adults with autism spectrum disorder

Study suggests novel approach to treating adults with autism spectrum disorder

Scientists call for microbiota vault of healthy bacteria

Scientists call for microbiota vault of healthy bacteria

Scientists receive Young Investigator Grants from Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Scientists receive Young Investigator Grants from Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Genentech announces clinical data from studies investigating risdiplam in spinal muscular atrophy

Genentech announces clinical data from studies investigating risdiplam in spinal muscular atrophy