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Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.

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Rett syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019
Studies of Rett syndrome hint at genes, cells and brain circuits that may be involved in autism — and may pave the way to treatments for both conditions.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Angelman syndrome’s silent gene points way forward for autism therapies

by  /  21 October 2019
Advances in research and help from families have brought scientists to the brink of an effective therapy for Angelman syndrome.
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CRISPR therapy may reverse autism mutation’s effects well past infancy

by  /  20 October 2019
Injecting the gene-editing tool CRISPR into the brains of mice may reverse the effects of an autism mutation at any age.
October 2019
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Antidote to ‘poison’ DNA may treat lethal form of epilepsy

by  /  18 October 2019

An experimental drug silences a DNA segment and seems to prevent seizures and death in a condition related to autism.

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Opinion

New guidelines stand by medication for attention deficit, but some experts disagree

by ,  /  1 October 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines yesterday upholding that central role of medications accompanied by behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment.

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September 2019
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Features / Deep Dive

Can preventing seizures alter the course of autism?

by  /  18 September 2019

Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.

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Opinion / Q&A

Diabetes drug delivers multiple benefits for people with fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 September 2019

Researcher Randi Hagerman is a big proponent of metformin — a diabetes drug that she is testing in people with fragile X syndrome. In fact, Hagerman takes the drug herself as a preventive measure against cancer.

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Therapy improves speech in autistic children with language delay

by  /  12 September 2019

A behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment may boost the communication skills of autistic children with language delay better than do standard speech and autism therapies.

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Small sponge may sop up maternal antibody tied to autism

by  /  9 September 2019

Researchers have created a microscopic particle that traps immune molecules found in a woman that are linked to autism in her child.

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August 2019
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Trial results temper hopes of tumor drug for treating autism

by  /  29 August 2019

A drug that treats tumors and epilepsy in people with tuberous sclerosis complex does not boost their intelligence or ease autism traits.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How much behavioral therapy does an autistic child need?

by  /  27 August 2019

People tend to believe that, regardless of the treatment, more is always better. But is it?

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Mark Bear discusses fragile X syndrome, from bench to bedside

21 August 2019

Watch the complete replay of Mark Bear discussing the latest research on treatments for fragile X syndrome.

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Studies of autism treatments lack standard yardsticks

by  /  21 August 2019

Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, making it tough to compare the treatments.

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