Autism Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Tied To Autism Risk

By | Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:34

Boys with autism were significantly more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants during gestation compared to children without the disorder.

Boy With Autism Shows That Disorder Isn't Always Disabling [VIDEO]

By | Tue, 04/08/2014 - 18:42

One 8-year-old boy with autism and an extraordinary hearing ability is using his affinity for wind chimes to further research and treatment. Can you tell the difference between one wind chime and another?

Autism May Be Linked To Obese Fathers Rather Than Mothers

By | Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:53

While previous evidence pegs obese mothers as a contributing risk to their child's autism, a new study finds that it's actually the fathers whose obesity increases said risk.

1 In 68 US Children Now Has Autism

By | Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:43

Autism spectrum disorder now affects one in 68 U.S. children, a 37-fold increase since the mid-1980s, an official review finds.

Autism Linked To Parental Exposure To Pollution

By | Sun, 03/16/2014 - 16:45

Clusters of autism spectrum disorder have been found in a handful of states throughout the country, suggesting a localized risk factor for developing the condition. Now, researchers at the University of Chicago say air pollution might be a root cause.

8-Year-Old Boy With Autism To Receive Huge Birthday Surprise [VIDEO]

By | Sat, 03/08/2014 - 11:00

A little autistic boy's dream of having clocks wall-to-wall in his room may come true, as his mother reaches out through Facebook to reach her goal by his birthday on March 20.

Why Boys Are 5 Times More Likely To Develop Autism

By | Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:08

A new study has uncovered a genetic basis for the disproportionate amount of male autism diagnoses.

Lower Chloride Levels Shown To Prevent Autism

By | Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:00

An autism cure may be possible thanks to a drug that lowers chloride levels, a new study finds.

Teen With Autism Asks Ellen To Prom: 'Say Yes To Esteban!' [VIDEO]

By | Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:03

Esteban Barriga, a 17-year-old high school senior with autism, has taken to social media to ask his "dream date," Ellen Degeneres, to prom.

Why People With Autism Seem Withdrawn

By | Sat, 02/01/2014 - 18:28

Why are autistic people so withdrawn? Maybe because their brains produce 42 percent more information while at rest.

Stricter Criteria For Autism Diagnosis May Lower Prevalence

By | Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:57

A recent study suggests the new criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis will lower estimates of autism.

Having Autism Is Like Watching A Poorly Dubbed Foreign Movie

By | Tue, 01/14/2014 - 17:00

A research team from the Vanderbilt Brain Institute compared having autism to watching a poorly dubbed foreign film due to auditory and visual signals not matching in an autistic person's brain.

Autism Gets A Better Screening Tool

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:01

A commonly used assessment for autism has now been revised and has been proven to spot the developmental disorder with more accuracy and at an earlier age.

Probiotic Therapy Slashes Autism Symptoms In Mice

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:00

A new type of probiotic therapy may reverse cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders.

Does Pollution Cause Autism?

By | Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:52

A study's assessment of young children found that a certain gene mutation along with prenatal exposure to pollution compounded the likelihood for autism.