Tag: treatments

March 2017
Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, center, talks with Committee Chairman Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, and Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., 21 March 2017.  Pablo Martinez Monsivais  / AP Photo
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U.S. government plans to probe orphan drug program

by ,  /  23 March 2017

Acting on a request from three influential U.S. senators, the government’s accountability arm confirmed that it will investigate potential abuses of the Orphan Drug Act.

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Scott Gottlieb, left, and Safeway Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Byrd, listen to testimony on Capitol Hill in  2009, during the Senate Health Committee's healthcare roundtable. Harry Hamburg / AP Photo
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Trump’s choice to run food and drug agency has pharma connections

by ,  /  16 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb, nominated to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deep ties to industry, and has worn many other hats in his career.

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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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Defining roles: Loss of the Rett syndrome gene from two different types of neurons that inhibit brain activity (red and green) leads to distinct features in mice.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Questions for Huda Zoghbi: Studying Rett in the rodent brain

by  /  14 March 2017

Removing the Rett syndrome gene, MeCP2, from distinct cells and brain regions reveals hidden features of the condition.

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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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News / Spotted

Celebrating women; transplant trouble; amazing images

by  /  10 March 2017

Scientists recognize women’s contributions, ‘autism’ can be a strike against a person awaiting organ transplant, and stunning science snapshots show cells, squid and sections of the brain.

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Senators call for investigation into possible abuses of Orphan Drug Act

by , ,  /  8 March 2017

Building on weeks of mounting pressure to address high prescription drug prices, three influential U.S. senators have asked the government’s accountability arm to probe the orphan drug program for potential misuse.

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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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Webinar: Deborah Fein discusses an ‘optimal outcome’ in autism

26 April 2017

Reserve your spot for this webinar. Register now.

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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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