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Treatments

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

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Seizures may damage learning capacity of rodent brains

by  /  12 July 2018
Seizures early in life may render brain circuits incapable of supporting learning during critical developmental periods.
News
a particle of gold and a protective shell nable CRISPR to traverse safely into the brain.

Gene editing via nanoparticles may treat autism syndromes

by  /  5 July 2018
A miniature particle delivers the gene-editing tool CRISPR into the brains of fragile X mice.
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Illustration of person looking at a car, with a window into their brain activity.

Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote

by  /  28 June 2018
Many clinics offer neurofeedback as a therapy for autism, despite little scientific support for the technique.
June 2018
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need screens for depression in people with autism

by ,  /  26 June 2018

The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.

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Features / Deep Dive

How to game the search for autism treatments

by  /  20 June 2018

An expanding arcade of video games takes aim at easing autism traits, from poor visual attention to problems with motor skills. But how useful — and fun — are these games, really?

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May 2018
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Monkey study bolsters case for brain hormone’s role in autism

by  /  29 May 2018

Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Orrin Devinsky discusses cannabis compounds for epilepsy

17 July 2018

Register for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Orrin Devinsky, who will discuss marijuana-based treatments for seizures.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

The DSM-5 has not improved services for autistic adults

by  /  9 May 2018

Since the DSM-5’s debut, schoolchildren have gained stronger legal rights and better opportunities for accessing services; for adults, it’s a different story.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Journal club: Rescue of social deficits in autism mouse model

23 May 2018

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured a paper describing the rescue of social deficits in a SHANK3 mouse model.

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April 2018
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News

CRISPR goes wild, and scientists debate its fidelity

by  /  30 April 2018

The gene-editing tool CRISPR may cause thousands of off-target mutations, but critics say it’s way too soon to accuse it of infidelity.

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Features / Deep Dive

Where communication breaks down for people with autism

by  /  18 April 2018

People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.

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News

Children with autism bear brunt of antipsychotic drugs

by  /  18 April 2018

Children with autism are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications earlier and for longer periods than are their typical peers.

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News

Federal limits on medical marijuana research hinder treatments

by , ,  /  16 April 2018

By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated.

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