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

November 2017
lab mice

Fragile X behaviors may stem from gene’s loss in specific cells

by  /  13 November 2017

Deleting FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, in subsets of mouse neurons leads to distinct features of the condition.

Movement maps of children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome

Drug improves gait in children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome

by  /  12 November 2017

A new measure of motor skills suggests that insulin-like growth factor 1 improves movement in people with Phelan-McDermid syndrome.

hand cutting a piece of marijuana

Marijuana compound curbs seizures by pushing ‘brakes’ in brain

by  /  8 November 2017

A compound derived from marijuana may treat a severe form of epilepsy by dampening brain activity.

Neurons derived from people with autism make unusually few branches (right). Exposing them to control astrocytes fixes the problem (left).

Cells spun from baby teeth implicate astrocytes in autism

by  /  2 November 2017

In children with autism, star-shaped brain cells may release inflammatory molecules that harm neurons.

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Registry for autism-linked syndrome spurs new research

by  /  2 November 2017

Nine U.S. clinics are pooling their data to create a registry of people who have an extra copy of a region on chromosome 15 called 15q11-13, a genetic abnormality often found in people with autism.

Two mice sniffing one another.

Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

A drug that has shown promise for treating fragile X syndrome may ease features of another condition associated with autism.

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October 2017
Woman and girl examining toy

With popular autism therapy, some skills take time to learn

by  /  26 October 2017

The longer a child receives applied behavioral analysis, the greater her gains in language, daily living and other skills.

A woman sitting in the library resting her head in her hands.
Opinion / Viewpoint

College students with autism need support to succeed on campus

by ,  /  24 October 2017

Academic and social support can help students with autism thrive in institutions of higher education.

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Features / Deep Dive

Why children with ‘severe autism’ are overlooked by science

by  /  18 October 2017

Children with ‘severe autism’ are the most in need of help, yet the most overlooked in research. A new initiative is making them the primary focus.

Portrait of scientist Connie Vasari
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Connie Kasari evaluates efficacy of autism therapies

18 October 2017

Watch the complete replay of Connie Kasari’s webinar on the efficacy of autism therapies.