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September 2018
Gate keepers with long documents and spears in front of fortress full of marijuana leaves.
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Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

by  /  11 September 2018

Scientists’ desire for evidence-based medical inquiry runs headlong into an apparently immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Artwork shows a flock of birds flying inside the head of a boy.
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How a ‘pacemaker’ for the brain could ease autism traits

by  /  4 September 2018

Looking at the brain as a whole suggests that nudging flawed sets of neurons to collaborate better might alleviate autism traits.

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August 2018
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Internal recordings of human brain may offer insight into autism

by ,  /  14 August 2018

A technique called intracranial electroencephalography can reveal brain functions with great sensitivity and may ultimately unearth the underpinnings of autism.

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How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood

by  /  7 August 2018

A novel group intervention helps young adults with autism develop independent-living skills and access social support in times of stress.

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July 2018
Toddlers on an uneven zone of color blocks.
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Faulty use of data threatens early intervention for autism

by ,  /  31 July 2018

A flawed evaluation process may put programs serving a high proportion of children with autism at risk of funding cuts.

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For children with autism, tablet app may deliver life skills

by  /  24 July 2018

Software may complement traditional behavioral therapy for autism, but making programs engaging and effective is a challenge.

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Two doctors look at a brain scan with a "fingerprint" pattern over the grey matter area.
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Unique brain ‘fingerprints’ may narrow search for autism subtypes

by ,  /  10 July 2018

Grouping people with autism based on their unique brain-activity ‘fingerprints’ may help to identify subtypes of the condition.

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How the new U.S. ‘Right to Try’ law could harm people with autism

by  /  3 July 2018

People with autism already have access to experimental treatments; the new law could make that access more dangerous.

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June 2018
Illustration of scientists on ladder shining flashlight into a human brain with a raincloud inside.
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Why we need screens for depression in people with autism

by ,  /  26 June 2018

The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.

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How separating children from parents causes irreparable harm

by  /  26 June 2018

Science teaches us that housing children in institution-like settings is likely to cause severe and permanent damage to their minds and bodies.

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