Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) referes to a group of complex brain development disorders characterised by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours.
Government is in the process of bringing a new bill in the ongoing budget session to include dyslexia and autism as disability and increase the number of categories under the Diabilities Act from seven to 19, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
British researchers have identified subtle differences in the brains of adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The subtle brain differences were found in men who at a very young age had severe problems with communication and social interaction, the study showed.
Women of reproductive age who are thinking of having children should stay fit. A recent study warns that children born to obese women with diabetes are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
The study highlighted that autistic and non-autistic girls had similar scores for social motivation and friendship quality, although autistic girls reported significantly less conflict in their best friendships.
A novel drug target has been discovered by the Penn State scientists to rescue functional deficits in human nerve cells derived from patients with Rett Syndrome, a severe form of autism-spectrum disorder.
The World Health Organization indicates that depression will be the second leading cause of death by 2020, which leads the researchers to believe that antidepressants will likely to remain widely prescribed, including during pregnancy.