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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.

May 2017
News

Controversial trial of cord blood therapy for autism forges ahead

by  /  31 May 2017

A trial of umbilical cord blood as a treatment for autism has passed a critical safety test, but many researchers remain skeptical of the approach.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

For people with autism, path to friendship may start in high school

by  /  16 May 2017

Not all individuals with autism show signs of falling off a social cliff after high school; those who participated in organized sports and clubs fare the best.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

With support, community doctors could detect adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Community mental health clinics, which serve millions of Americans, can help identify adults with undiagnosed autism — and change their lives for the better.

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News

Autism experts hedge bets on hormone as treatment target

by  /  11 May 2017

Drugs that alter the activity of vasopressin, a hormone involved in social behavior, may improve social abilities in people with autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Novel autism treatment translates well to South Asian nations

by  /  9 May 2017

An innovative approach allows families with autism in India or Pakistan to practice communication strategies at home.

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News

Parent perceptions may contribute to placebo problem in autism

by  /  1 May 2017

Parents of children with autism report improvements in their children’s behaviors when they participate in a study, even when the children are not receiving a treatment.

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April 2017
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s drug problem

by  /  19 April 2017

Many people on the spectrum take multiple medications — which can lead to serious side effects and may not even be effective.

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News

Children with autism may forego behavioral therapy for meds

by  /  10 April 2017

Many children with autism who take antipsychotic medications do not receive behavioral therapy.

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March 2017
News

Muting X chromosome silencers may serve as remedy for Rett

by  /  30 March 2017

Manipulating pathways that help silence the X chromosome may help treat Rett syndrome, a condition closely related to autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

The twenty-something free fall

by  /  29 March 2017

Young adults with autism face many new expectations and challenges — with none of the support that is available during high school.

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