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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.
Early screen exposure associated with elevated sleep disruption, EBD in children with NDDs

Early screen exposure associated with elevated sleep disruption, EBD in children with NDDs

Resistant schizophrenia associated with low IQ and family history

Resistant schizophrenia associated with low IQ and family history

Findings could lead to potential new therapies for tumor-causing disorder

Findings could lead to potential new therapies for tumor-causing disorder

Researchers determine ways to assess social communication difficulties in children with TBI

Researchers determine ways to assess social communication difficulties in children with TBI

Early sound exposure can help treat hypersensitivity to noise associated with FXS

Early sound exposure can help treat hypersensitivity to noise associated with FXS

Health impact of Daylight Saving Time

Health impact of Daylight Saving Time

IBR receives $1.95 million NIH grant for research on rare diseases

IBR receives $1.95 million NIH grant for research on rare diseases

Ocean Medical Center receives major grant to support children with multiple health issues

Ocean Medical Center receives major grant to support children with multiple health issues

Genes linked to autism spectrum disorder may play role in eye movements

Genes linked to autism spectrum disorder may play role in eye movements

Study shows how stories in memory perpetuate the continued influence of misinformation

Study shows how stories in memory perpetuate the continued influence of misinformation

Study uncovers cause for spatial-memory deficits in people with Down syndrome

Study uncovers cause for spatial-memory deficits in people with Down syndrome

Opioid misuse greatly increases chance of major depressive episode among teen girls

Opioid misuse greatly increases chance of major depressive episode among teen girls

Cerebrospinal fluid washes through the brain in rhythmic waves during sleep

Cerebrospinal fluid washes through the brain in rhythmic waves during sleep

Study finds altered brain asymmetry in autism spectrum disorder

Study finds altered brain asymmetry in autism spectrum disorder

Acetaminophen exposure in the womb may increase child's risk for ADHD, ASD

Acetaminophen exposure in the womb may increase child's risk for ADHD, ASD

Study shows how infections during pregnancy are linked to psychiatric disorders

Study shows how infections during pregnancy are linked to psychiatric disorders

Newly discovered immune control switch could protect the brains of premature babies

Newly discovered immune control switch could protect the brains of premature babies

Measuring gaze patterns of children watching movies can help detect autism

Measuring gaze patterns of children watching movies can help detect autism

NSU study points to another potential connection between sleep and overall good health

NSU study points to another potential connection between sleep and overall good health

Socially housed and isolated mice may be poor research models for humans

Socially housed and isolated mice may be poor research models for humans