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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Study provides valuable insight into the developmental origins of schizophrenia

Study provides valuable insight into the developmental origins of schizophrenia

GI problems experienced by children with ASD have a significant impact on wellbeing of their families

GI problems experienced by children with ASD have a significant impact on wellbeing of their families

Small cluster of neurons in the brain stem found to coordinate vocalization with breathing

Small cluster of neurons in the brain stem found to coordinate vocalization with breathing

Research uncovers how a mouse brain understands sensory information

Research uncovers how a mouse brain understands sensory information

Distrust in state power closely linked vaccine hesitancy

Distrust in state power closely linked vaccine hesitancy

Study defines a novel way to identify potential new interventions for autism

Study defines a novel way to identify potential new interventions for autism

Study pinpoints brain networks behind speech planning

Study pinpoints brain networks behind speech planning

The brains of infants with autism do not tune in with motherese speech

The brains of infants with autism do not tune in with motherese speech

Recommended choline intake during pregnancy improves child's sustained attention

Recommended choline intake during pregnancy improves child's sustained attention

Strains - not species - of gut bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Strains - not species - of gut bacteria may provide better insights into the microbiome

Cochlear implantation provides benefits for deaf children with autism spectrum disorder

Cochlear implantation provides benefits for deaf children with autism spectrum disorder

All carers are encouraged to 'Get Boosted Now'

All carers are encouraged to 'Get Boosted Now'

How can we increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine?

How can we increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine?

Star-shaped cells in the brain regulate cognitive flexibility

Star-shaped cells in the brain regulate cognitive flexibility

Deletion of autism-linked gene diminishes myelin in mice

Deletion of autism-linked gene diminishes myelin in mice

Pandemic poses short- and long-term risks to babies, especially boys

Pandemic poses short- and long-term risks to babies, especially boys

Scientists publish the most extensive description to date of WAGR syndrome

Scientists publish the most extensive description to date of WAGR syndrome

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

New tool provides an unprecedented view of brain cell activity in a synapse

New tool provides an unprecedented view of brain cell activity in a synapse

COVID-19 infection during pregnancy found to impact infant neurodevelopment

COVID-19 infection during pregnancy found to impact infant neurodevelopment