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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.

March 2017
News

Oxytocin boosts social skills in autism-related syndrome

by  /  15 March 2017

One week of treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills and feeding in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Tennis program serves up benefits for children with autism

by  /  7 March 2017

Tennis is a social game, requiring players to predict and respond to their opponent’s behavior. That may help some children with autism.

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February 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Deborah Fein discusses an ‘optimal outcome’ in autism

26 April 2017

Watch the complete replay of Deborah Fein’s webinar discussing a form of ‘optimal outcome’ in autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why don’t we have better drugs for autism?

by  /  15 February 2017

Clinical trials for autism drugs have been plagued with problems: bad design, the wrong measures, too broad a range of participants. All that is finally starting to change.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Gahan Pandina: New tool may aid autism trials

by  /  14 February 2017

A new ‘knowledge engine’ collects reams of behavioral and sensory data to create highly sensitive outcome measures for autism drugs.

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Features / Deep Dive

This is a story of autism in small-town America

by  /  1 February 2017

Rural living can be wonderful: community, friendly faces, a slower pace of life. But when there’s autism in the family, it can be tough.

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January 2017
News

New approach may treat autism by dialing up genes

by  /  26 January 2017

Injecting tiny pieces of RNA into the brain may someday serve as a therapy for certain forms of autism.

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News

Drugmakers manipulate orphan drug rules to create monopolies

by , ,  /  24 January 2017

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.

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News

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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