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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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Preschoolers with autism get few hours of evidence-based therapies

by  /  14 May 2020
Autistic preschoolers may get too little therapy and too much medication, according to a new study.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Telehealth may enable remote participation in autism trials

by  /  3 March 2020
Some families do not have the financial ability or time to participate in clinical trials for autism. New technologies may enable them to participate from their homes.
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Alzheimer’s protein turns up as potential target for autism treatments

by  /  2 March 2020
Lowering the levels of a protein called tau, best known for its involvement in Alzheimer's disease, improves behavior in two mouse models of autism.
February 2020
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Melatonin may ease autistic children’s sleep troubles

by  /  27 February 2020

Melatonin appears to be safe for long-term use in autistic children who have difficulty sleeping.

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Features / Deep Dive

How aripiprazole’s promise for treating autism fell short

by  /  19 February 2020

Aripiprazole, marketed as Abilify, is widely thought to be safer than risperidone, the only other drug approved for use in autistic children. A decade’s worth of data suggests that is not true.

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Sponsors of clinical trials may report data late or never

by  /  10 February 2020

Many clinical trials, including those related to autism, do not report their results within a year of their completion.

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Sleep problems in autism, explained

by  /  6 February 2020

Many people with autism have difficulty falling and staying asleep, but there may be ways to help them.

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January 2020
Two silhouettes, of child and an adult in a twilight colored setting. We can see inside the brain and interactions with medicine and the brain. The child's head is surrounded by clouds and the adult head is in the clear.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why serotonin medications may yet help children with autism

by  /  28 January 2020

A class of medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to ease compulsive behaviors in adults with autism. Why can’t we tell if these medications work similarly in children with the condition?

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Studies find thin evidence for early autism therapies

by  /  15 January 2020

Few of the most popular early treatments for autism are supported by strong evidence, according to two new studies.

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PANDAS is a big category with elastic borders absorbing autism and Tourettes syndrome
Features / Deep Dive

How a controversial condition called PANDAS is gaining ground on autism

by  /  8 January 2020

Some scientists say an immune condition called PANDAS affects as many as 1 in 200 children who have traits similar to those of autism. But many experts contest that figure — and even the condition’s very existence.

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December 2019
Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s hot topics in autism research center around brain organoids, heart rate, the gut microbiome, treatment timing and early detection.

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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Notable papers in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s top papers deepen our understanding of autism’s genetics and reveal mixed results from trials of autism therapies.

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