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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Stanford researchers unravel how a common genetic deletion elevates schizophrenia risk

Stanford researchers unravel how a common genetic deletion elevates schizophrenia risk

Evolutionary and heritable axes shape the organization of brain structure

Evolutionary and heritable axes shape the organization of brain structure

Brain wiring genes may be linked to a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases

Brain wiring genes may be linked to a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases

Three question, yes-or-no survey for identifying chemically intolerant individuals

Three question, yes-or-no survey for identifying chemically intolerant individuals

Researchers reveal neurons responsible for guiding adaptive behavior

Researchers reveal neurons responsible for guiding adaptive behavior

Brain activity during passive tactile stimulation reveals individuals’ hand preferences

Brain activity during passive tactile stimulation reveals individuals’ hand preferences

Immune system study helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection

Immune system study helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection

Autistic adults more likely to have chronic physical health conditions

Autistic adults more likely to have chronic physical health conditions

Novel technique sheds new light on the risky behavior of adolescents

Novel technique sheds new light on the risky behavior of adolescents

Combination of stem cell therapy and educational intervention can help kids with ASD

Combination of stem cell therapy and educational intervention can help kids with ASD

Molecular imaging reveals ASD-related brain differences

Molecular imaging reveals ASD-related brain differences

New study can advance scientific understanding of the function of astrocytes

New study can advance scientific understanding of the function of astrocytes

Researchers discuss the role of chemical senses in disease and social interactions in humans, animals

Researchers discuss the role of chemical senses in disease and social interactions in humans, animals

Oxytocinergic and vasopressinergic substances in the brain are involved in guiding social behavior

Oxytocinergic and vasopressinergic substances in the brain are involved in guiding social behavior

Dogs' aging mechanism and memory performance linked to gut microbiome composition

Dogs' aging mechanism and memory performance linked to gut microbiome composition

Study offers a possible explanation for prevalence of autism spectrum disorder

Study offers a possible explanation for prevalence of autism spectrum disorder

New theory changes the understanding of complex social interactions

New theory changes the understanding of complex social interactions

Misfiring brain cells may create swallowing difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Misfiring brain cells may create swallowing difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Brain protein associated with seizures and abnormal social behaviors

Brain protein associated with seizures and abnormal social behaviors

Researchers discover genetic link between cattle temperament and autism in humans

Researchers discover genetic link between cattle temperament and autism in humans