Children with autism have an abnormally large number of neurons in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), a brain region important for abstract thinking, planning and social behaviors, according to a study published...

At a walkathon one Saturday in September, nearly 5,000 people traced two miles of Chicago’s lakefront to raise money for research into the progressive nerve disease that is thought to have...

Here in the United States, psychologists have been talking about autism since Leo Kanner’s first description of the disorder in 1943. But in China, the first case wasn’t reported until 1982. It’s perhaps...

Growing up bilingual doesn’t impair language skills in children with autism, according to two studies in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. For the first half of the 20th century, many scientists...

If you’re a neuroscientist hoping to do experiments on brain tissue from children with autism, you have a steep road ahead of you: Existing brain banks hold samples from just 1,300...

In a study of people missing an autism-linked region on chromosome 22, researchers have found that the larger the deletion, the more likely the individual is to have severe symptoms, from...

Last Sunday, the day before the world’s population hit 7 billion, I went to a scientific meeting on the future of contraception. I had expected to hear, and did hear, about a slew...

Infant research dating back to the 1960s has shown that motor skills, including reaching, grasping objects, crawling and walking, help infants learn basic social and communicative behaviors. Puzzlingly, motor impairments in autism...