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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.
Study reveals a preliminary genetic link to dyspraxia

Study reveals a preliminary genetic link to dyspraxia

Nutritional supplement can help bolster key functions for people with brain disorders

Nutritional supplement can help bolster key functions for people with brain disorders

Study shows how mitochondrial function impacts schizophrenia in patients with genetic disorder

Study shows how mitochondrial function impacts schizophrenia in patients with genetic disorder

Researchers gain new insights into the physiological functions of APP protein

Researchers gain new insights into the physiological functions of APP protein

Abnormal fetal development is regulated by genetics, not the intrauterine environment

Abnormal fetal development is regulated by genetics, not the intrauterine environment

Study shows autism spectrum disorder is related to changes in the gut microbiome

Study shows autism spectrum disorder is related to changes in the gut microbiome

Unique mini-microscope enables imaging of brain activity in freely moving mice

Unique mini-microscope enables imaging of brain activity in freely moving mice

Innovative computational model of cells could help better understand neurodevelopmental disorders

Innovative computational model of cells could help better understand neurodevelopmental disorders

Scientists provide a complete phenotypic landscape of SCN2A-related disorders

Scientists provide a complete phenotypic landscape of SCN2A-related disorders

Enzyme in fruit fly larvae plays key role in waking up brain stem cells

Enzyme in fruit fly larvae plays key role in waking up brain stem cells

Light-activated protein can be used to study single synapses of neurons

Light-activated protein can be used to study single synapses of neurons

Scientists implicate disruption in prenatal neurogenesis in the development of autism

Scientists implicate disruption in prenatal neurogenesis in the development of autism

Study shows strong link between genetic changes and cerebral palsy

Study shows strong link between genetic changes and cerebral palsy

KAIST researchers identify mechanism underlying plasticity in adult brains

KAIST researchers identify mechanism underlying plasticity in adult brains

Researchers create 3D miniature organs that precisely mimic human tissues

Researchers create 3D miniature organs that precisely mimic human tissues

Researchers test effects of weedkiller on wildlife

Researchers test effects of weedkiller on wildlife

Microglia surveillance helps prevent seizure activity in the brain

Microglia surveillance helps prevent seizure activity in the brain

Researchers develop new tool to study genes associated with autism spectrum disorder

Researchers develop new tool to study genes associated with autism spectrum disorder

Scientists identify key source of sensory perception

Scientists identify key source of sensory perception

Bacterial microbes in the human gut could help diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorder

Bacterial microbes in the human gut could help diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorder