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

November 2017
Mice missing the tuberous sclerosis gene in astrocytes have frequent seizures.
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Cancer drug wards off seizures in mouse model of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  13 November 2017

A drug called rapamycin prevents seizures in a mouse model of the autism-related condition tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Opinion / Cross Talk

Why it’s difficult to study sleep in autism

13 November 2017

Five scientists describe the biggest challenges they face in solving sleep problems in people with autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

How to get children with autism to sleep

by  /  13 November 2017

Insomnia troubles many children with autism. Luckily, research is awakening parents to some simple bedtime solutions.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Sleepless nights rouse behavioral problems in children with autism

by  /  13 November 2017

Children with autism who have sleep problems are often distracted, hyperactive, irritable and aggressive.

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Note to autism scientists: Control for z’s

by  /  13 November 2017

Differences in sleep and circadian rhythm may distort the results of autism studies.

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lab mice
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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.

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Movement maps of children with Phelan-McDermid syndrome
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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.

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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.

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

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