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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.
Study finds more information about how gene linked to ASD affects the brain

Study finds more information about how gene linked to ASD affects the brain

Zika Virus: What Does the Future Hold?

Zika Virus: What Does the Future Hold?

Study: Antipsychotic treatment increases body fat and decreases insulin sensitivity in youth

Study: Antipsychotic treatment increases body fat and decreases insulin sensitivity in youth

Study provides evidence of link between autism and homelessness

Study provides evidence of link between autism and homelessness

Special issue focuses on how endocrine-disrupting chemicals influence behavior

Special issue focuses on how endocrine-disrupting chemicals influence behavior

Unlicensed young adults with ASD may have more difficulty in developing basic driving skills

Unlicensed young adults with ASD may have more difficulty in developing basic driving skills

Our brains perceive wrinkles around the eyes as more sincere emotions, shows research

Our brains perceive wrinkles around the eyes as more sincere emotions, shows research

Children with ASD more likely to suffer from food allergy, study finds

Children with ASD more likely to suffer from food allergy, study finds

New autism screening app appears to be caregiver-friendly and reliable

New autism screening app appears to be caregiver-friendly and reliable

Researchers discover three genes that may have contributed to evolution of large human brain

Researchers discover three genes that may have contributed to evolution of large human brain

Zinc and copper metabolism in baby teeth may help predict ASD risk

Zinc and copper metabolism in baby teeth may help predict ASD risk

Early-life seizures prematurely switch on key brain synapses related to autism

Early-life seizures prematurely switch on key brain synapses related to autism

Research shines spotlight on placenta's critical role in genetic risk for schizophrenia

Research shines spotlight on placenta's critical role in genetic risk for schizophrenia

Researchers call for new genetic tests for congenital diseases

Researchers call for new genetic tests for congenital diseases

Researchers identify novel epigenetic mutations as cause of neurodevelopmental, congenital disorders

Researchers identify novel epigenetic mutations as cause of neurodevelopmental, congenital disorders

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

Compassion meditation training may increase brain’s resilience to suffering of other people

Compassion meditation training may increase brain’s resilience to suffering of other people

Scientists identify new inherited neurodevelopmental disease

Scientists identify new inherited neurodevelopmental disease

Scientists identify cell types underlying schizophrenia

Scientists identify cell types underlying schizophrenia

Fish-eating habits of pregnant women not linked to autistic traits in their children

Fish-eating habits of pregnant women not linked to autistic traits in their children