Can Big Data Find Better Treatment for Autism?

National Autism Awareness Month promotes awareness and understanding for those who live life with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD refers to a group of complex brain-based development disorders characterized by challenges in behavior, social skills, and communication. Managing ASD already is a complex process, but what makes it even more difficult is a set of conditions that often happen alongside of ASD (comorbidities) that make it even harder to treat.

While a genetic condition is known to cause the differences in the brain that lead to these challenges in some people with ASD, scientists do not yet know the exact cause of these differences. Since the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, several conditions that used to be … read more