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Drug approval could boost research on marijuana treatment for autism

by  /  16 August 2018

The United States has approved a compound derived from marijuana as a treatment for certain types of epilepsy. The ruling may spell good news for autism research.

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New diagnostic code for Angelman syndrome may spark crucial research

by  /  15 August 2018
The international manual of conditions now includes a diagnostic code for Angelman syndrome — which may enable scientists to systematically collect information about the syndrome.
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Whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy carries no risk of autism

by  /  13 August 2018
Children born to women who received a routine vaccine while pregnant are not at an increased risk of autism.
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Career-prep program fosters strengths of teens with autism

by  /  9 August 2018
In a new program based in New York City, autistic students work to build skills that cater to their strengths or special interests.

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Mutant flies reveal key gene interactions within autism deletion

by  /  20 August 2018

The absence of several interacting genes may underlie the developmental problems seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 16.

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Medical studies often omit authors’ financial conflicts

by ,  /  16 August 2018

Papers in medical journals go through rigorous peer review and meticulous data analysis. Yet many of these articles are missing a key piece of information: the financial ties of the authors.

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Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

by  /  8 August 2018

Boosting the levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social — and brings new hope to a shelved theory in autism.

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Rare duplication within chromosome 15 delivers relatively mild blow

by  /  7 August 2018

Children who have a rare extra copy of one segment on chromosome 15 have better cognitive abilities and daily living skills than those with a duplication that forms an extra chromosome.

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Signs of anxiety in infancy may foreshadow autism

by  /  6 August 2018

Fearfulness and shyness in babies and toddlers may predict features of autism at age 7.

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New consortium may create projects, funding for autism research

by  /  2 August 2018

A newly formed group of leaders from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is poised to generate funding opportunities for child health research, including autism science.

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Blocking key enzyme eases memory problems, anxiety in autism mice

by  /  1 August 2018

New results implicate an enzyme called ERK in the consequences of missing a segment of chromosome 16.

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Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

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Autistic children prone to food, skin and respiratory allergies

by  /  26 July 2018

Food allergies may be more than twice as common among autistic children as among their typical peers; boys with autism also tend to have skin and respiratory allergies.

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Skepticism surrounds autism drug given ‘fast track’ for approval

by  /  25 July 2018

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guaranteed an experimental autism drug a speedy review for approval, but some scientists are skeptical of the drug’s potential.

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