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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: cancer

July 2019
proteins up close

Study hints at dietary chemical as therapy for type of autism

by  /  1 July 2019

A compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, might limit the impact of certain mutations in an autism gene.

April 2019

Study identifies predictors of early death among autistic people

by  /  17 April 2019

People with autism who avoid social interactions or have troubles with daily living skills may be at increased risk of an early death.

February 2019

Drugs that modify gene expression show promise for autism

by  /  28 February 2019

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice.

September 2018
Three games on a table, bead mazes.

How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

by ,  /  21 September 2018

A pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.

April 2018
A cancer drug boosts levels of a key protein (red) in mice lacking SHANK3.

Cancer drug shows promise for treating some forms of autism

by  /  2 April 2018

A low dose of a drug used to treat lymphoma may ease social problems in some forms of autism.

January 2018
toddler sitting on a couch

Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.

September 2017
Week of AugustAug

Boyish looks; popular pseudoscience; older fathers and more

by  /  1 September 2017

Masculinized features help define children with autism, online autism-parent forums spread pseudoscience, and the United States has more older fathers than ever.

July 2017
Week of JulyJul

Autism author; new leadership; cannabis crush and more

by  /  14 July 2017

An author with autism debuts his second book, the U.S. agency tasked with protecting public health has a new director, and new legislation makes medical cannabis accessible to people with autism in Georgia.

January 2017
A surreal portrait of doctors walking out on vibrant tree-limbs, as it were. This represents doctors exploring novel pathways in cancer research.

The curious connection between autism and cancer

by  /  11 January 2017

A surprising number of genes associated with autism also have links to cancer. Does that mean cancer drugs can treat autism?

November 2016
Week of NovemberNov

CRISPR in the clinic; autism app; women only

by  /  18 November 2016

Scientists test CRISPR as a cancer treatment, an app could help parents pick up on hints of autism, and a Dutch science academy tries to tilt its ranks toward women.