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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.
Texas program effectively reduces use of anti-psychotics in foster children

Texas program effectively reduces use of anti-psychotics in foster children

Survey finds US adults see vaccines as less important than they did in 2001

Survey finds US adults see vaccines as less important than they did in 2001

Flame retardants and pesticides responsible for intellectual disabilities among millions

Flame retardants and pesticides responsible for intellectual disabilities among millions

Autistic mothers experience higher rates of post-natal depression

Autistic mothers experience higher rates of post-natal depression

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase risk of reading problems

Prenatal exposure to flame retardants may increase risk of reading problems

Scientists create 3D images of unique RNA molecule critical for stem cell programming

Scientists create 3D images of unique RNA molecule critical for stem cell programming

Study shows how baby and adult brains interact during natural play

Study shows how baby and adult brains interact during natural play

One-fourth of children with autism miss diagnosis, study finds

One-fourth of children with autism miss diagnosis, study finds

Missing a key protein in the brain can cause autism-like behaviors

Missing a key protein in the brain can cause autism-like behaviors

Addressing resilience, emotional health within families of children with chronic conditions

Addressing resilience, emotional health within families of children with chronic conditions

Judo holds promise for reducing sedentary behavior among children with autism

Judo holds promise for reducing sedentary behavior among children with autism

Poor early life environment leaves permanent mark on adult brain

Poor early life environment leaves permanent mark on adult brain

Researchers study the effects of antidepressants to identify the least harmful drugs

Researchers study the effects of antidepressants to identify the least harmful drugs

Families of autistic children experience high physical, mental and emotional burdens

Families of autistic children experience high physical, mental and emotional burdens

Diet significantly influences mental health and wellbeing, review confirms

Diet significantly influences mental health and wellbeing, review confirms

Researchers identify key biomarkers for predicting autism in newborns

Researchers identify key biomarkers for predicting autism in newborns

Identical twins with ASD have large differences in symptom severity

Identical twins with ASD have large differences in symptom severity

Autism risk in children could be predicted by mutations in paternal sperm

Autism risk in children could be predicted by mutations in paternal sperm

Study highlights value of self-determination for young adults with autism

Study highlights value of self-determination for young adults with autism

Different mutations in a single gene can have myriad effects on a person's health

Different mutations in a single gene can have myriad effects on a person's health