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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New research expands wearable brain scanner technology for whole head imaging

New research expands wearable brain scanner technology for whole head imaging

Effects of chronic stress associated with increased inflammatory signaling within brain circuits

Effects of chronic stress associated with increased inflammatory signaling within brain circuits

Exploring how air pollution affects the brain

Exploring how air pollution affects the brain

Mindfulness program can improve attention and decision making skills in children with autism

Mindfulness program can improve attention and decision making skills in children with autism

Breakthrough discovery could lead to treatment of Fragile X syndrome

Breakthrough discovery could lead to treatment of Fragile X syndrome

High prenatal choline levels may mitigate negative effects of COVID-19 on newborns

High prenatal choline levels may mitigate negative effects of COVID-19 on newborns

Using functional MRI to demonstrate neural suppression in autism

Using functional MRI to demonstrate neural suppression in autism

Changes in gut mucus are linked to brain disorders

Changes in gut mucus are linked to brain disorders

Study finds gender differences in autism severity changes during early childhood

Study finds gender differences in autism severity changes during early childhood

Giving good bacteria to stressed mothers prevents autism-like disorder in offspring

Giving good bacteria to stressed mothers prevents autism-like disorder in offspring

Study shows impact of childhood adversity on neuropsychological functioning in adulthood

Study shows impact of childhood adversity on neuropsychological functioning in adulthood

Mitigating challenges encountered by individuals with ASD in COVID-19 era

Mitigating challenges encountered by individuals with ASD in COVID-19 era

Depression in individuals with autism linked to less proactive cognitive control

Depression in individuals with autism linked to less proactive cognitive control

Gene mutation linked to MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome

Gene mutation linked to MEF2C haploinsufficiency syndrome

Cord blood can improve social communication skills in autistic children

Cord blood can improve social communication skills in autistic children

Media representations are changing to reflect new public attitudes toward autism

Media representations are changing to reflect new public attitudes toward autism

Researchers identify a group of dysregulated genes in autism

Researchers identify a group of dysregulated genes in autism

Only 3% individuals diagnosed with autism receive recommended clinical genetic tests

Only 3% individuals diagnosed with autism receive recommended clinical genetic tests

New study explores brain regions that drive the instinct to form lasting bonds

New study explores brain regions that drive the instinct to form lasting bonds

Study pinpoints potential neural basis for monogamous reunion

Study pinpoints potential neural basis for monogamous reunion