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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.

November 2017
Neurons derived from people with autism make unusually few branches (right). Exposing them to control astrocytes fixes the problem (left).
News

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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News

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.

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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
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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.

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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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Mother and child sitting on the floor reading a book.
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.

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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.

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‘Mini-gene’ therapy relieves features of Rett syndrome in mice

by  /  11 October 2017

Delivering a fragment of the Rett syndrome gene MECP2 into neurons eases features of the syndrome in a mouse model.

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September 2017
Features / Deep Dive

A ‘cure’ for autism at any cost

by  /  20 September 2017

Scores of parents abandon mainstream autism treatments to pursue Son-Rise, an intense, expensive — and unproven — behavioral therapy.

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Pregnant woman pouring pills into her palm.
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Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

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