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Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.

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Pep Boatella

Experimental autism treatments put to test in real world

by  /  16 January 2017
Researchers are modifying autism therapies for the various communities tasked with implementing them — a move they hope will make treatments more effective for and accessible to all children.
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Moving target: Brain waves known as beta oscillations reflect brain activity that controls body movements and may signal telltale changes in DNA.AJPhoto / Science Source

Brain-wave patterns distinguish dup15q syndrome

by  /  13 January 2017
Children with an extra copy of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, the second most common genetic abnormality in people with autism, have unusually strong brain waves called beta oscillations. The preliminary findings, presented Friday at the Dup15q Alliance Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, suggest that beta oscillations could distinguish children with dup15q syndrome from those with other forms of autism.
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The curious connection between autism and cancer

by  /  11 January 2017
A surprising number of genes associated with autism also have links to cancer. Does that mean cancer drugs can treat autism?
January 2017
Illustration by Pep Boatella
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Technology can curb social exclusion of children with autism

by  /  10 January 2017

Apps, robots and brain imaging can help children with autism improve their social skills and connect with other people.

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Seeing spots: The brain responds differently to animations of dots moving in random patterns (right) compared with ones that resemble a person moving (left).
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Brain scans may forecast effectiveness of autism treatment

by  /  9 January 2017

Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.

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Some people in ‘failed’ drug trial for autism showed benefit

by  /  14 December 2016

An experimental drug called arbaclofen improved autism features in about 13 percent of people who took it in a shuttered clinical trial.

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November 2016
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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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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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Despite setbacks, fragile X drugs file into clinical trials

by  /  30 November 2016

Our infographic displays efforts to develop treatments for fragile X syndrome. So far, none of them have passed muster in clinical trials.

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Controversial autism drug gets ambitious new trial

by  /  28 November 2016

The makers of a drug designed to correct an enzyme shortage seen in some children with autism are moving to test it in children with autism who do not have that deficiency.

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In sync: Scientists taught parents to be more responsive to their children with autism. Hero Images / Getty Images
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Parent training may lead to lasting gains in autism features

by  /  21 November 2016

Teaching parents of toddlers with autism how to respond to their children may result in long-term improvements in these children’s autism features.

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Brain boost: Treatments for Rett syndrome could grow a brain region that coordinates movement.Credit: Science Source
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Autism treatments may normalize brain volume in adult mice

by  /  17 November 2016

The effects of autism mutations on brain volume might be reversible, even in a mature brain.

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