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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.
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

Astrocytes regulate inhibitory synapses by binding to neurons

Astrocytes regulate inhibitory synapses by binding to neurons

Researchers identify genes associated with autism spectrum disorder

Researchers identify genes associated with autism spectrum disorder

High folic acid levels during pregnancy affect brain development of mouse embryos

High folic acid levels during pregnancy affect brain development of mouse embryos

Mouse model reveals neurons responsible for guiding adaptive behavior

Mouse model reveals neurons responsible for guiding adaptive behavior

Study shows how neural circuits are refined in response to sensory cues

Study shows how neural circuits are refined in response to sensory cues

New research helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection

New research helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection

Combining stem cell therapy with educational intervention can help children with autism

Combining stem cell therapy with educational intervention can help children with autism

Study shows misfiring brain cells can create swallowing problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Study shows misfiring brain cells can create swallowing problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Researchers identify brain protein that leads to seizures, abnormal social behaviors

Researchers identify brain protein that leads to seizures, abnormal social behaviors

How do Neural Stem Cells become Nerve Cells?

How do Neural Stem Cells become Nerve Cells?

UQ researchers identify genetic link between cattle temperament and autism in humans

UQ researchers identify genetic link between cattle temperament and autism in humans

Largely ignored 'housekeeping' gene plays unexpected role in neurological diseases

Largely ignored 'housekeeping' gene plays unexpected role in neurological diseases

Children exposed to cannabis in pregnancy have greater risk of autism

Children exposed to cannabis in pregnancy have greater risk of autism