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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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Popular statin shows promise for treating fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 June 2019
Lovastatin, a drug that lowers cholesterol levels, prevents memory and learning problems in a rat model of fragile X syndrome.
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Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

by  /  13 June 2019
Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions.
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Illustration shows the legs of a boy and a spine levitating through a hoop, as in a magic show

Straightening out chiropractic’s claim as a treatment for autism

by ,  /  12 June 2019
Some chiropractors advertise that they can treat autism, but there's no evidence to back that claim.
May 2019
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‘Zombie’ pig brains fire hours after death

by  /  31 May 2019

A new method restores blood flow and some functions in pig brains four hours after the animals have died.

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Gut microbes from autistic children may alter behavior in mice

by  /  30 May 2019

Mice colonized with gut microbes from some autistic boys show behaviors like those of the boys.

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Drug may deliver ‘ecstasy’ of social interactions to autistic people

by  /  23 May 2019

The ability to learn from social experiences wanes by adulthood, at least in mice — but the recreational drug ecstasy may bring it back.

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Multimedia / Webinars

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

14 August 2019

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Mark Bear, who will review the latest research on treatments for fragile X syndrome.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Clinicians should consider off-label treatments for autism

by  /  7 May 2019

Clinicians need a more consistent and evidence-based approach to prescribing antipsychotics to children and adolescents with autism.

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Landmark summit on autism health care kicks off

by  /  4 May 2019

A panel of autism scientists and advocates is charged with a tall order: making recommendations for the care of autistic people worldwide.

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Tech firm’s ‘Superpower Glass’ for autism not so super, experts say

by  /  2 May 2019

Researchers say they are unimpressed with a study that underpins a tech company’s new digital therapy for autism.

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Ready or not, two drugs for autism edge closer to clinic

by  /  1 May 2019

Two drugs that alter the activity of the hormone vasopressin seem to improve social communication in autistic people, but some experts question the findings.

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Serotonin’s link to autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Serotonin, the brain chemical best known for its link to depression, may also be involved in autism.

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April 2019
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Injecting CRISPR into fetal brain may correct autism mutations

by  /  24 April 2019

Researchers are edging closer to a therapy for Angelman syndrome — a condition related to autism — that involves injecting the gene-editing enzyme CRISPR into the fetal brain.

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