Autism Spectrum Disorders

Defining the biology of autism

When approaching faculty to gauge interest in a new Feinberg center focusing on autism, Peter Penzes, Ph.D., Ruth and Evelyn Dunbar Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received puzzled responses from some professors ...

Apr 09, 2018
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When kids' autistic brains can't calm down

One-third of children who have autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. It's related to a major autism risk gene, which is mutated in patients with autism. But scientists didn't now why the mutation, catnap2, caused seizures.

Apr 05, 2018
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The term "autism spectrum" is often used to describe disorders that are currently classified as pervasive developmental disorders. Pervasive developmental disorders include autism, Asperger syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. These disorders are typically characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and/or cognitive delays. Although these diagnoses share some common features, individuals with these disorders are thought to be "on the spectrum" because of differences in severity across these domains.

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