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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.

October 2018
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Angelman syndrome: Bellwether for genetic therapy in autism

by ,  /  16 October 2018

It is not a matter of whether there will be clinical trials of genetic therapy for Angelman syndrome, but when.

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Early interventions, explained

by  /  4 October 2018

The accepted wisdom in autism research holds that early intervention offers the best promise for an autistic child’s well-being. But how effective are these therapies?

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Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

by  /  1 October 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has made it legal for doctors to prescribe an epilepsy drug derived from marijuana. But all other compounds derived from marijuana remain under tight restrictions.

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September 2018
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News / Toolbox

Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

by  /  28 September 2018

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice.

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Features / Deep Dive

At the intersection of autism and trauma

by  /  26 September 2018

Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now.

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Cancer drug finds new use as treatment for Angelman syndrome

by  /  26 September 2018

Compounds that mimic a cancer drug restore expression of the key gene mutated in Angelman syndrome, a condition related to autism.

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Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism

by  /  25 September 2018

The active ingredient in the drug popularly known as ecstasy eases social anxiety in people with autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

by  /  11 September 2018

Scientists’ desire for evidence-based medical inquiry runs headlong into an apparently immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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New mouse model paves way for Rett syndrome treatments

by  /  7 September 2018

A new line of female mice may enable researchers to test gene-based therapies for Rett syndrome.

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