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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Children determine emotion by what they hear, rather than what they see

Children determine emotion by what they hear, rather than what they see

Autistic children may be more likely to misinterpret healthy arguments between their parents

Autistic children may be more likely to misinterpret healthy arguments between their parents

LSD could be a viable and safe therapeutic option for certain psychiatric diseases

LSD could be a viable and safe therapeutic option for certain psychiatric diseases

Machine learning identifies patterns of maternal autoantibodies associated with autism

Machine learning identifies patterns of maternal autoantibodies associated with autism

Study shows high prevalence of mental health conditions among children with autism

Study shows high prevalence of mental health conditions among children with autism

Study finds sex differences in the effects of prenatal BPA exposure on autism-related genes

Study finds sex differences in the effects of prenatal BPA exposure on autism-related genes

Study: Half of all teenagers treated for severe obesity have neuropsychiatric problems

Study: Half of all teenagers treated for severe obesity have neuropsychiatric problems

Mothers of children with autism have many significantly different metabolite levels, study finds

Mothers of children with autism have many significantly different metabolite levels, study finds

Special interests can potentially benefit individuals with autism

Special interests can potentially benefit individuals with autism

New method uses artificial intelligence to map intestinal bacteria using feces

New method uses artificial intelligence to map intestinal bacteria using feces

Large study provides new understanding of genome diversity in Ukrainian population

Large study provides new understanding of genome diversity in Ukrainian population

Cats may help improve autistic children’s social skills and reduce anxiety

Cats may help improve autistic children’s social skills and reduce anxiety

Stress during pregnancy could affect the baby's chance of developing multiple diseases

Stress during pregnancy could affect the baby's chance of developing multiple diseases

Mosaic mutations during embryonic development can cause autism spectrum disorder

Mosaic mutations during embryonic development can cause autism spectrum disorder

Researchers identify biomarkers in sperm for paternal offspring autism susceptibility

Researchers identify biomarkers in sperm for paternal offspring autism susceptibility

Research opens up hope-filled possibilities for new autism therapies

Research opens up hope-filled possibilities for new autism therapies

Vanderbilt researcher proposes an explanatory paradigm for the cause of autism

Vanderbilt researcher proposes an explanatory paradigm for the cause of autism

Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific join hands to initiate autism drug discovery pipeline

Mount Sinai and Rumi Scientific join hands to initiate autism drug discovery pipeline

Children’s hospitals grapple with wave of mental illness

Children’s hospitals grapple with wave of mental illness

Experts assess the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric patients with special needs

Experts assess the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric patients with special needs