Tag: treatments

September 2018
Multimedia / Podcasts

Spectrum stories: Resetting the autistic brain

by  /  14 September 2018

Deep brain stimulation is not an approved treatment for autism but has helped some people with extreme obsessions and other severe traits. Host Ben Kuebrich investigates one success story.

Features / Deep Dive

Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

Gate keepers with long documents and spears in front of fortress full of marijuana leaves.
Opinion / Viewpoint

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.

News / Toolbox

New mouse model paves way for Rett syndrome treatments

by  /  7 September 2018

A new line of female mice may enable researchers to test gene-based therapies for Rett syndrome.

August 2018
silver scissors float on white, about to cut a red ribbon.

Outcry compels NIH to put new clinical trial policy on hold

by  /  23 August 2018

Responding to serious concerns about its policy defining certain kinds of research as ‘clinical trials,’ the U.S. National Institutes of Health has postponed enforcing parts of the policy until September 2019.

Collage illustration shows sun rising behind medicine dropper with marijuana leaves growing out of it.

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.


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.

Lone teen walking downstairs into shadowy area of a school staircase hallway, other kids pass by together.
Features / Deep Dive

The hidden danger of suicide in autism

by  /  8 August 2018

Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.

Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Stelios Georgiades explores heterogeneity in autism over time

17 October 2018

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Stelios Georgiades, who will present a model for predicting childhood trajectories in individuals with autism.

News / Toolbox

Technique tracks molecules that drive learning in brain

by  /  3 August 2018

A new method enables scientists to monitor the activity of key molecules involved in the growth and remodeling of connections in the brain.