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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.
Pitt engineers win $550,000 NSF CAREER award to develop new intervention for people with ASD

Pitt engineers win $550,000 NSF CAREER award to develop new intervention for people with ASD

Allergic reaction during pregnancy may alter sexual-development in offspring's brain

Allergic reaction during pregnancy may alter sexual-development in offspring's brain

Study: Around one in hundred people has autism spectrum condition in China

Study: Around one in hundred people has autism spectrum condition in China

Scientists grow most sophisticated brain organoid to date

Scientists grow most sophisticated brain organoid to date

Does it make sense to delay children’s vaccines?

Does it make sense to delay children’s vaccines?

Enzyme inhibitor stops inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorders in mouse models

Enzyme inhibitor stops inflammation and neurodevelopmental disorders in mouse models

Miniature brains that can move muscles, grown in the lab

Miniature brains that can move muscles, grown in the lab

Researchers use MRI and AI techniques at birth to predict cognitive development at age 2

Researchers use MRI and AI techniques at birth to predict cognitive development at age 2

Wearable tracking device achieves higher accuracy in position tracking using thermal sensors

Wearable tracking device achieves higher accuracy in position tracking using thermal sensors

Students with disabilities call college admissions cheating ‘big slap in the face’

Students with disabilities call college admissions cheating ‘big slap in the face’

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school amid measles outbreak

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school amid measles outbreak

Using robots in autism therapy for children

Using robots in autism therapy for children

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support

New Zealand faces dangerous measles outbreak with 25 confirmed cases

New Zealand faces dangerous measles outbreak with 25 confirmed cases

Experts issue new guidelines for use of genetic testing in psychiatric care

Experts issue new guidelines for use of genetic testing in psychiatric care

UNH study finds how gender-biased protein may play role in autism

UNH study finds how gender-biased protein may play role in autism

Pittcon to raise autism awareness during 2019 conference

Pittcon to raise autism awareness during 2019 conference

Mother's treatment for infection during pregnancy increases child's risk for autism and depression

Mother's treatment for infection during pregnancy increases child's risk for autism and depression

Specific brain activity patterns in people with autism may be used as therapeutic biomarkers

Specific brain activity patterns in people with autism may be used as therapeutic biomarkers

Large study finds no connection between MMR vaccine and autism

Large study finds no connection between MMR vaccine and autism