Autism

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.
What is Autism?

Autism is not a single disease entity. It is part of a range of developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). They begin in childhood and last through adulthood.

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Does air pollution reduce cognitive function over time?

Does air pollution reduce cognitive function over time?

Chemical residue from commercial dishwashers causes gut epithelial barrier damage

Chemical residue from commercial dishwashers causes gut epithelial barrier damage

Removal of cilia from the brain's striatum impairs time perception and judgment, study finds

Removal of cilia from the brain's striatum impairs time perception and judgment, study finds

Specific genetic variant linked to early-onset childhood epilepsy discovered

Specific genetic variant linked to early-onset childhood epilepsy discovered

Human fetal cerebellar cell atlas reveals the origin of aggressive medulloblastomas

Human fetal cerebellar cell atlas reveals the origin of aggressive medulloblastomas

New study questions the perception that autistic individuals experience less pain

New study questions the perception that autistic individuals experience less pain

UQ student awarded national prize for debunking common autism myth

UQ student awarded national prize for debunking common autism myth

Animal study pinpoints a gene that is vital for development of earliest social behaviors

Animal study pinpoints a gene that is vital for development of earliest social behaviors

Two studies reveal insights into how the spinal cord and brainstem contribute to sense of touch

Two studies reveal insights into how the spinal cord and brainstem contribute to sense of touch

Previously unknown links between genetic factors in ASD identified

Previously unknown links between genetic factors in ASD identified

Gene mutation associated with autism causes an overstimulation of brain cells

Gene mutation associated with autism causes an overstimulation of brain cells

Researchers to develop brain imaging radiotracers for better understanding of Alzheimer's, autism

Researchers to develop brain imaging radiotracers for better understanding of Alzheimer's, autism

Brain organoids reveal how alcohol exposure impairs the development and functioning of new brain cells

Brain organoids reveal how alcohol exposure impairs the development and functioning of new brain cells

Gut microbiome plays a role in Alzheimer's

Gut microbiome plays a role in Alzheimer's

NIH researchers identify differences in gene activity in the brains of individuals with ADHD

NIH researchers identify differences in gene activity in the brains of individuals with ADHD

Small molecules found in breast milk may reduce the likelihood of infants developing allergies

Small molecules found in breast milk may reduce the likelihood of infants developing allergies

Sick profit: Investigating private equity’s stealthy takeover of health care across cities and specialties

Sick profit: Investigating private equity’s stealthy takeover of health care across cities and specialties

How air pollution affects the central nervous system over time

How air pollution affects the central nervous system over time

Sociability in monkeys associated with higher abundance of beneficial gut bacteria

Sociability in monkeys associated with higher abundance of beneficial gut bacteria

‘Impending intergenerational crisis’: Americans with disabilities lack long-term care plans

‘Impending intergenerational crisis’: Americans with disabilities lack long-term care plans