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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.
Researchers confirm link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia

Researchers confirm link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have increased risk of schizophrenia later in life

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have increased risk of schizophrenia later in life

Mapping brain microglia

Mapping brain microglia

Study shows correlation between childhood infections and increased risk of mental disorders

Study shows correlation between childhood infections and increased risk of mental disorders

Researcher takes further steps in understanding how and why cute aggression occurs

Researcher takes further steps in understanding how and why cute aggression occurs

Cedars-Sinai research identifies neurons that play role in how people recognize errors

Cedars-Sinai research identifies neurons that play role in how people recognize errors

Brown researchers awarded $12 million NIH grant renewal to explore fundamentals of brain function

Brown researchers awarded $12 million NIH grant renewal to explore fundamentals of brain function

Study estimates economic impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Study estimates economic impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Study reveals why mitochondria are often strangely shaped inside the brain

Study reveals why mitochondria are often strangely shaped inside the brain

Gene-brain association occurs differently in toddlers with autism and poor language development

Gene-brain association occurs differently in toddlers with autism and poor language development

Discovery would help specify role of genetics in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders

Discovery would help specify role of genetics in the development of neuropsychiatric disorders

Robots could help improve social skills of children with ASD

Robots could help improve social skills of children with ASD

Genetic risk score for autism linked with outcomes of psychological treatment

Genetic risk score for autism linked with outcomes of psychological treatment

Prebiotic supplement may be effective alternative to reduce GI disturbances in autistic children

Prebiotic supplement may be effective alternative to reduce GI disturbances in autistic children

Genetic therapy may help children with Angelman syndrome to overcome seizures

Genetic therapy may help children with Angelman syndrome to overcome seizures

Cardiff University collaborates with Takeda to identify new treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders

Cardiff University collaborates with Takeda to identify new treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders

Autism linked to prolonged connection between brain regions

Autism linked to prolonged connection between brain regions

Artificial intelligence could be valuable tool to help young victims disclose traumatic testimony

Artificial intelligence could be valuable tool to help young victims disclose traumatic testimony

Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study

Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study

Researchers directly connect activities of genes with instinctive behavior in male cichlids

Researchers directly connect activities of genes with instinctive behavior in male cichlids