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

October 2019

Mouse study hints at why fragile X drugs fail in trials

by  /  22 October 2019

Drug after drug has failed in clinical trials for fragile X syndrome. A new study provides an explanation — a decrease in the drugs’ effectiveness over time — and points to a new strategy that could circumvent this problem.

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Rett syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019

Studies of Rett syndrome hint at genes, cells and brain circuits that may be involved in autism — and may pave the way to treatments for both conditions.

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Angelman syndrome’s silent gene points way forward for autism therapies

by  /  21 October 2019

Advances in research and help from families have brought scientists to the brink of an effective therapy for Angelman syndrome.

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Computer games could boost social skills in people with autism

by  /  21 October 2019

Playing games designed to hone the ability to intuit others’ thoughts and feelings increases activity in regions of the social brain.

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CRISPR therapy may reverse autism mutation’s effects well past infancy

by  /  20 October 2019

Injecting the gene-editing tool CRISPR into the brains of mice may reverse the effects of an autism mutation at any age.

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New guidelines stand by medication for attention deficit, but some experts disagree

by ,  /  1 October 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines yesterday upholding that central role of medications accompanied by behavioral therapy in ADHD treatment.

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September 2019
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Can preventing seizures alter the course of autism?

by  /  18 September 2019

Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.

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Diabetes drug delivers multiple benefits for people with fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 September 2019

Researcher Randi Hagerman is a big proponent of metformin — a diabetes drug that she is testing in people with fragile X syndrome. In fact, Hagerman takes the drug herself as a preventive measure against cancer.

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Therapy improves speech in autistic children with language delay

by  /  12 September 2019

A behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment may boost the communication skills of autistic children with language delay better than do standard speech and autism therapies.

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Small sponge may sop up maternal antibody tied to autism

by  /  9 September 2019

Researchers have created a microscopic particle that traps immune molecules found in a woman that are linked to autism in her child.

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