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

Features / Deep Dive

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science

by  /  18 October 2017
Children with ‘severe autism’ are the most in need of help, yet the most overlooked in research. A new initiative is making them the primary focus.
Features / Webinars

Webinar: Connie Kasari evaluates efficacy of autism therapies

18 October 2017
Watch the complete replay of Connie Kasari's webinar on the efficacy of autism therapies.
News

‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

by  /  11 October 2017
Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 into neurons eases features of the syndrome in a mouse model.
October 2017
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Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote

by  /  9 October 2017

Many clinics offer neurofeedback as a therapy for autism, despite little scientific support for the technique.

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September 2017
Features / Deep Dive

A ‘cure’ for autism at any cost

by  /  20 September 2017

Scores of parents abandon mainstream autism treatments to pursue Son-Rise, an intense, expensive — and unproven — behavioral therapy.

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News

Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

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August 2017
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Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

by  /  30 August 2017

Music therapy does not alleviate autism features, according to a large international study.

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Opinion / Q&A

Can an epilepsy drug prevent autism features?

by  /  29 August 2017

An epilepsy drug may prevent seizures in infants with tuberous sclerosis and alleviate their autism features, says Martina Bebin.

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News / Toolbox

Spheres of cells reveal which drugs can enter brains

by  /  18 August 2017

Microscopic balls of brain and blood vessel cells mimic the barrier that protects the brain from foreign invaders.

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Features / Deep Dive

What baby siblings can teach us about autism

by  /  16 August 2017

Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.

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News

Studies spotlight role of medicines, hospitals in autism

by  /  3 August 2017

People with autism who have a mood disorder or sleep problems are more likely to be admitted to inpatient psychiatric units than those who do not have one of these other conditions.

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News

Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.

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July 2017
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Antidepressant eases some autism features in mice

by  /  28 July 2017

A drug that keeps neurons bathed in the chemical messenger serotonin prevents social abnormalities in a mouse model of dup15q syndrome.

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