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

August 2017
Girl playing the piano while a teacher guides her along the music.
News

Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

by  /  30 August 2017

Music therapy does not alleviate autism features, according to a large international study.

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Illustration of baby with an EEG cap.
Opinion / Q&A

Can an epilepsy drug prevent autism features?

by  /  29 August 2017

An epilepsy drug may prevent seizures in infants with tuberous sclerosis and alleviate their autism features, says Martina Bebin.

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Spheres that mimic the blood-brain barrier are wrapped in endothelial cells (green), which line blood vessels in the brain.
News / Toolbox

Spheres of cells reveal which drugs can enter brains

by  /  18 August 2017

Microscopic balls of brain and blood vessel cells mimic the barrier that protects the brain from foreign invaders.

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Illustration of large colorful geometric shapes with children balancing on them.
Features / Deep Dive

What baby siblings can teach us about autism

by  /  16 August 2017

Studies of infants at risk for autism have not yielded a test to predict who will eventually be diagnosed. But they have transformed our understanding of the condition.

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News

Studies spotlight role of medicines, hospitals in autism

by  /  3 August 2017

People with autism who have a mood disorder or sleep problems are more likely to be admitted to inpatient psychiatric units than those who do not have one of these other conditions.

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News

Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.

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July 2017
News

Antidepressant eases some autism features in mice

by  /  28 July 2017

A drug that keeps neurons bathed in the chemical messenger serotonin prevents social abnormalities in a mouse model of dup15q syndrome.

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News

Dim light casts shadow on mouse sleep, behavior

by  /  28 July 2017

Exposure to a dim light at night disrupts sleep and worsens repetitive behaviors and social difficulties in a mouse model of autism.

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News

Girls on the spectrum may have problems with planning

by  /  27 July 2017

Girls with autism may have more difficulty making and executing plans, and taking care of themselves, than do boys with the condition.

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News

Cannabis compound quells seizures in severe epilepsy syndrome

by  /  26 July 2017

A component of marijuana called cannabidiol eases seizures in children with Dravet syndrome.

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