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What to know about autism

Autism or autism spectrum disorder causes a person to establish repetitive behavioral patterns and often impairs their social interactions with other people.Doctors typically diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in childhood when…

What does autism look like in the brain?

People on the autism spectrum often dislike exposure to unexpected stimuli, but why is that? New research takes a look at what happens in the brain, and how that relates to a person's ability to tolerate exposure to various stimuli. What…

Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Earlier research indicated an association between zinc and autism. However, until now, understanding the connection has been challenging. A new study lifts the lid on the zinc-autism connection. A new study, published in Frontiers in…

Could poor protein trafficking be a factor in autism?

A protein whose mutations are found in people with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions helps keep connections between neurons in the brain running smoothly. People with autism have a mutated protein that disrupts the connections…

Pesticide may increase autism risk

A landmark study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry describes a correlation between pesticide levels in a mother's blood and autism risk in their infants. DDT, once widely used, may play a role in autism. Autism is a…

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