Injecting tiny pieces of RNA into the brain may someday serve as a therapy for certain forms of autism.
Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.
The system intended to help those with rare diseases is being manipulated by drugmakers to maximize profits and to protect niche markets for medicines that millions of people already take — and it’s all legal.
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.
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.
Apps, robots and brain imaging can help children with autism improve their social skills and connect with other people.
Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.
An experimental drug called arbaclofen improved autism features in about 13 percent of people who took it in a shuttered clinical trial.
If passed, the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act would make mental health a national priority.
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