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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.
UC Irvine pharmacology researchers unearth potential roots of schizophrenia

UC Irvine pharmacology researchers unearth potential roots of schizophrenia

Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

Scientists create stem cell-based model of rare inherited neurological condition

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

New discovery provides insights into how the tongue preserves its sense of taste

New discovery provides insights into how the tongue preserves its sense of taste

Increased inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development

Increased inflammatory markers during pregnancy can lead to changes in fetal brain development

Music therapy does not improve autism symptoms in children, say researchers

Music therapy does not improve autism symptoms in children, say researchers

Early Start Denver Model for young children with autism results in cost savings

Early Start Denver Model for young children with autism results in cost savings

Researchers identify decreased brain pH levels in mouse models of mental disorders

Researchers identify decreased brain pH levels in mouse models of mental disorders

Researchers explore genetic differences, hereditary factors involved in hemiplegic cerebral palsy

Researchers explore genetic differences, hereditary factors involved in hemiplegic cerebral palsy

Hospitalized cancer patients who suffer cardiac arrest have lower survival rate, study finds

Hospitalized cancer patients who suffer cardiac arrest have lower survival rate, study finds

Amyloid precursor protein associated with AD may also be linked to intelligence in children

Amyloid precursor protein associated with AD may also be linked to intelligence in children

Parents of children with autism experience greater impact from cognitive behavior therapy for kids

Parents of children with autism experience greater impact from cognitive behavior therapy for kids

Adults with autism found to be less surprised by unexpected images

Adults with autism found to be less surprised by unexpected images

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

'Residual echo' of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders

'Residual echo' of Neanderthal genes may hold clues to deficits in mental disorders

Brain activity test detects variability in cognitive function among children with autism

Brain activity test detects variability in cognitive function among children with autism

New map may be first step to developing treatments for complex brain disorders

New map may be first step to developing treatments for complex brain disorders

New eye test could help identify people with ASD

New eye test could help identify people with ASD

UC's ATS develops new employment model to support people with disabilities

UC's ATS develops new employment model to support people with disabilities

Study provides deeper understanding into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders

Study provides deeper understanding into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders