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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Siblings of autistic children face increased autism risk, new research confirms

Siblings of autistic children face increased autism risk, new research confirms

Study reveals brain structure differences in children with conduct disorder

Study reveals brain structure differences in children with conduct disorder

New cortical surface template provides greater accuracy in analyzing neuroimaging data

New cortical surface template provides greater accuracy in analyzing neuroimaging data

Neurofunctional architecture and intention understanding in preschool children

Neurofunctional architecture and intention understanding in preschool children

Researchers identify brain region that tunes hearing to contextual needs

Researchers identify brain region that tunes hearing to contextual needs

Understanding the connection between autistic traits and board gaming

Understanding the connection between autistic traits and board gaming

Is air pollutant exposure during pregnancy associated with infant cerebral palsy risk?

Is air pollutant exposure during pregnancy associated with infant cerebral palsy risk?

Archaeal, fungal, viral, as well as bacterial, functional makers for autism spectrum disorder in children

Archaeal, fungal, viral, as well as bacterial, functional makers for autism spectrum disorder in children

World’s first map of human brain lipids created

World’s first map of human brain lipids created

New technology reveals the critical role of sleep in infant brain development

New technology reveals the critical role of sleep in infant brain development

Discovery of TRPC5 gene's role in obesity and postnatal depression offers hope for new treatments

Discovery of TRPC5 gene's role in obesity and postnatal depression offers hope for new treatments

Gene discovery points to oxytocin for depression

Gene discovery points to oxytocin for depression

NIH scientists uncover brain circuitry behind face detection in primates

NIH scientists uncover brain circuitry behind face detection in primates

Study uncovers the role of mGluR1 in pruning early neural connections

Study uncovers the role of mGluR1 in pruning early neural connections

Remote strategy-based intervention shows promise for individuals with memory impairments caused by MS

Remote strategy-based intervention shows promise for individuals with memory impairments caused by MS

Methylphenidate may enhance oculomotor function in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Methylphenidate may enhance oculomotor function in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Mouse models inform potential treatments for Fragile X, Phelan-McDermid syndromes

Mouse models inform potential treatments for Fragile X, Phelan-McDermid syndromes

Eating cheese during pregnancy linked to better neurodevelopmental outcomes in children

Eating cheese during pregnancy linked to better neurodevelopmental outcomes in children

Family history of mental health disorders linked to developmental outcomes in siblings of autistic children

Family history of mental health disorders linked to developmental outcomes in siblings of autistic children

Impact of family history on developmental outcomes in siblings of children with autism

Impact of family history on developmental outcomes in siblings of children with autism

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