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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.

August 2017
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
News

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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News

Dim light casts shadow on mouse sleep, behavior

by  /  28 July 2017

Exposure to a dim light at night disrupts sleep and worsens repetitive behaviors and social difficulties in a mouse model of autism.

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News

Girls on the spectrum may have problems with planning

by  /  27 July 2017

Girls with autism may have more difficulty making and executing plans, and taking care of themselves, than do boys with the condition.

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News

Cannabis compound quells seizures in severe epilepsy syndrome

by  /  26 July 2017

A component of marijuana called cannabidiol eases seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

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News

Drug that shifts brain’s signaling balance could treat autism

by  /  20 July 2017

A drug that alters the balance of two key chemical messengers in the brain may help treat autism, suggests a proof-of-principle study.

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Features / Deep Dive

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

by  /  12 July 2017

Autism and schizophrenia share a long and tangled history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why model autism programs are rare in public schools

by  /  11 July 2017

The United States is failing most of its half million school-age children with autism by not giving them a good education.

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News

Oxytocin spray boosts social skills in children with autism

by  /  10 July 2017

A small clinical trial shows that treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills in some children with autism.

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News

CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  5 July 2017

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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