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Treatments

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

Opinion / Q&A

How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

by  /  12 December 2017
Asking people with autism and their families about the challenges they face could help researchers test treatments for the condition.
Features / Webinars

Webinar: Brian Scassellati explores robotics in autism research

29 November 2017
Watch the complete replay of Brian Scassellati discussing robotics for autism research.
Features / Webinars

Journal club: Exploring treatments for Rett syndrome

11 December 2017
Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured two papers that explore therapies for Rett syndrome.
November 2017
News

Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

by  /  15 November 2017

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.

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News

Drug cocktail curbs repetitive jumping in mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.

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News

Selective enzyme block reveals new treatment for fragile X

by  /  14 November 2017

A drug that selectively blocks one form of an enzyme called GSK-3 prevents seizures and improves cognitive deficits in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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News

Experimental Huntington’s drug improves gait in Rett mice

by  /  14 November 2017

A candidate drug in clinical trials for Huntington’s disease reverses gait problems in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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News

Scientists move closer to gene therapy for Rett syndrome

by  /  14 November 2017

A virus that delivers a working copy of the Rett syndrome gene to the brain improves features of the condition in mice, and appears to be safe in monkeys.

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News

Cancer drug wards off seizures in mouse model of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  13 November 2017

A drug called rapamycin prevents seizures in a mouse model of the autism-related condition tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Opinion / Cross Talk

Why it’s difficult to study sleep in autism

13 November 2017

Five scientists describe the biggest challenges they face in solving sleep problems in people with autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Sleepless nights rouse behavioral problems in children with autism

by  /  13 November 2017

Children with autism who have sleep problems are often distracted, hyperactive, irritable and aggressive.

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News

Sleep problems in autism, explained

by  /  13 November 2017

Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.

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News

Note to autism scientists: Control for z’s

by  /  13 November 2017

Differences in sleep and circadian rhythm may distort the results of autism studies.

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