Tag: clinical trials

March 2017
Species shift: Bacteria of the genus Bifidobacterium become more abundant in the gut of children who receive a microbial transplant.
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Microbial transplant may treat gut, social problems

by  /  22 March 2017

Replacing the microbes that inhabit the gut may ease digestive troubles and social difficulties in children with autism.

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Three women blinded by experimental stem-cell treatment

by ,  /  16 March 2017

Two of the women mistakenly thought they were participating in a clinical trial, as the procedure was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website.

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Features / Deep Dive

Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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Pair bonding: Babies with Prader-Willi syndrome who receive oxytocin show improved interactions with their mothers.Monashee Alonso / Getty Images
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Oxytocin boosts social skills in autism-related syndrome

by  /  15 March 2017

One week of treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills and feeding in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Autism experts see benefits to tweaking drug approval process

by  /  13 March 2017

Many researchers oppose unfettered deregulation of the drug approval process, but welcome more relaxed rules for clinical trials.

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February 2017
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf spoke at a news conference at in Washington, D.C., in May to announce new regulation extending the agency's authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.Andrew Harnik / AP Photo
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Former head of FDA concerned about faster drug approvals

by , ,  /  22 February 2017

Robert Califf, the just-departed commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, offers his take on the Trump administration’s plans to speed up drug approvals and dramatically reduce regulations at the agency.

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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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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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December 2016
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Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Notable papers of 2016

26 December 2016

Our picks for the top 10 papers of the year highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

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November 2016
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Features / Deep Dive

Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

by  /  30 November 2016

People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.

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