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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.
New insight into how neurons and astrocytes work together to form healthy synapses

New insight into how neurons and astrocytes work together to form healthy synapses

Study analyzes walking movements to detect nervous system disorders

Study analyzes walking movements to detect nervous system disorders

Study finds greater facial asymmetry in parents of autistic individuals

Study finds greater facial asymmetry in parents of autistic individuals

UMSOM study suggests a genetic basis behind instantaneous human compatibility

UMSOM study suggests a genetic basis behind instantaneous human compatibility

New research identifies a master timekeeper for the brain's circadian clock

New research identifies a master timekeeper for the brain's circadian clock

Study describes a new method for identifying sperm mutations that can cause disease in children

Study describes a new method for identifying sperm mutations that can cause disease in children

Study identifies rare inherited variants that implicate new autism candidate risk genes

Study identifies rare inherited variants that implicate new autism candidate risk genes

Study identifies a signaling protein that controls the assembly of mitochondria

Study identifies a signaling protein that controls the assembly of mitochondria

Study shows astrocytes induce sex differences during brain development

Study shows astrocytes induce sex differences during brain development

Study reveals neurotransmitter releases impairments in schizophrenia patients

Study reveals neurotransmitter releases impairments in schizophrenia patients

Study reveals causal gene in autism model mice with copy number variation

Study reveals causal gene in autism model mice with copy number variation

Scientists reveal key role of glial protein in building the brain

Scientists reveal key role of glial protein in building the brain

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