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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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Woman with autism hears social noise, but is soothed by the sounds of a lullaby

Brain-body connection may ease autistic people’s social problems

by  /  20 August 2019
An auditory therapy may improve autistic people's emotional control and help them feel safe enough to engage with the world.
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researchers, doctors and others work together to help a family and their autistic child. Family is at the center of a flower, and the researchers are moving the petals into place.

Medical ‘home’ programs offer coordinated care for autistic people

by ,  /  13 August 2019
A Utah program provides comprehensive care for autistic people across the lifespan and engages families in the decision-making.
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Drugs that calm ‘touch neurons’ may ease autism traits

by  /  8 August 2019
An experimental drug that muffles the activity of neurons in the skin moderates heightened reactions to touch in six mouse models of autism.
August 2019
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Test of ‘preemptive’ autism therapy detects few benefits

by  /  5 August 2019

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition.

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Early exposure to speech may shape autistic children’s language ability

by  /  1 August 2019

The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — the better their language skills at age 2.

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July 2019
Boy on bed is weighed down by pressures and troubles
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The deep emotional ties between depression and autism

by  /  31 July 2019

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, or how best to help.

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Experts question rationale for stem cell trial for autism

by  /  25 July 2019

Results from a new trial suggest that it’s safe to treat autistic children with umbilical cord stem cells. But parents must pay for the pricey infusions, and no one knows how or if the cells work.

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Community delivery of autism therapies lags far behind evidence

by  /  23 July 2019

Most community clinicians do not deliver care that is in line with the latest evidence — and they are not improving over time.

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Eye tracking reveals early communication problem in autistic children

by  /  18 July 2019

At 10 months of age, infants later diagnosed with autism show key differences in joint attention, a behavior in which two people focus on the same object or event.

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Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019

Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

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How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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Study hints at dietary chemical as therapy for type of autism

by  /  1 July 2019

A compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, might limit the impact of certain mutations in an autism gene.

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June 2019
Giant helminth flies over figure with glowing gut and microbiome
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Supplements, worms and stool: How families are trying to game the gut to treat autism traits

by  /  26 June 2019

Scientists are playing catch-up as microbiome-based treatments for autism proliferate.

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