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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 2018
Feet of a child on a scale, weighing in at 86 pounds.

Obesity risk tracks with severity of autism traits, study suggests

by  /  22 November 2018

The latest study to show that autistic children tend to be overweight suggests that the risk is greatest for those at the severe end of the spectrum.

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Monkey with mutation in top autism gene shows social problems

by  /  14 November 2018

The first monkey with a mutation in SHANK3, a top autism gene, is nearly 3; it spends its days circling its cage rather than interacting with other monkeys.

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Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

by ,  /  13 November 2018

Robots may one day help therapists analyze behaviors and devise personalized sessions for autistic children.

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Cerebellum’s role in autism may depend on timing

by  /  12 November 2018

Two studies published in the past two months provide new clues to when and how the cerebellum contributes to autism.

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Mouse, human ‘co-clinical’ trials could speed autism drug discovery

by  /  8 November 2018

A team of researchers is trialing a fast approach to autism drug development: simultaneously testing candidates in people and in mice.

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Drug duo delivers brain, behavioral benefits for fragile X syndrome

by  /  8 November 2018

Administering a cholesterol drug alongside an antibiotic eases atypical behavior and restores the signaling balance in the brains of people with fragile X syndrome.

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Stem cells could deliver gene therapy for Angelman syndrome

by  /  7 November 2018

Modified stem cells show promise for delivering gene-based therapies to individuals with Angelman syndrome.

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Sound strategy enables precise control of brain circuits

by  /  6 November 2018

Applying sound waves to a mouse’s brain provides a safe way to push molecular probes into the brain to manipulate activity there.

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Low brain hormone levels may be reliable marker of autism

by  /  5 November 2018

Children with autism tend to have low levels of the hormone vasopressin in their brain, according to the largest study yet to look at the levels.

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Careful mouse tests could forecast fate of Angelman drugs

by  /  2 November 2018

A new protocol enables researchers to rigorously test drugs for Angelman syndrome in mice.

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