Tag: anxiety

March 2017
illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

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February 2017
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

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Photography by Vanessa McKeown
Features / Deep Dive

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

by  /  15 February 2017

Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.

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Photography by Vanessa McKeown
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Gahan Pandina: New tool may aid autism trials

by  /  14 February 2017

A new ‘knowledge engine’ collects reams of behavioral and sensory data to create highly sensitive outcome measures for autism drugs.

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January 2017
Illustration by Masha Manapov
News

New method aims to quantify ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  19 January 2017

A combination of multiple diagnostic tests may gauge the extent to which adults with autism attempt to blend in.

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Injury-prone:   Children whose mothers lack a college degree are at heightened risk of self-harm.Kris Seraphin / Millennium Images, UK
News

Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

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November 2016
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News

Massive mental health bill faces vote in U.S. Congress

by ,  /  30 November 2016

If passed, the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act would make mental health a national priority.

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News / Spotted

CRISPR in the clinic; autism app; women only

by  /  18 November 2016

Scientists test CRISPR as a cancer treatment, an app could help parents pick up on hints of autism, and a Dutch science academy tries to tilt its ranks toward women.

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New mice expose consequences of key autism gene

by  /  17 November 2016

Mice with an extra copy of the autism risk gene UBE3A have cognitive deficits and anxiety, but do not show any core features of the condition.

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Social support: Trained therapists observe a person with autism take a pill containing MDMA or placebo.Cordelia Molloy / Science Source
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Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

The active ingredient in the drug popularly known as ecstasy eases social anxiety in people with autism.

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