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

January 2022

Autism Drug Trial Tracker

by  /  12 January 2022

Explore hundreds of clinical trials with our interactive tool.

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Introducing Spectrum’s Autism Drug Trial Tracker

by  /  12 January 2022

The tool provides interactive, curated information on more than 200 clinical trials for autism and related conditions.

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Autism Drug Tracker: User Guide

by  /  12 January 2022

Learn how to use the autism drug tracker, with specific examples and detailed explanations for each data column.

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The connection between oxytocin and autism, explained

by  /  6 January 2022

Oxytocin, cemented in the popular imagination as the “love molecule,” could serve as a treatment for some autistic people who naturally have low levels of the hormone, researchers say.

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Visual task flags autistic people who respond to GABA agonists

by  /  5 January 2022

The investigational drug arbaclofen makes autistic people’s brains respond to a visual task more like non-autistic people’s brains do.

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Motor skills in autism: A missed opportunity

by ,  /  4 January 2022

Motor differences are more relevant than has historically been appreciated for understanding, assessing and supporting people on the spectrum.

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December 2021

Cluster of traits tied to rare mutations in autism-linked gene

by  /  20 December 2021

Developmental delay, intellectual disability and behavioral issues are common among people who have mutations in MYT1L, a gene with strong ties to autism.

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DNA methylation in autism, explained

by  /  13 December 2021

How chemical tags called methyl groups position themselves on genetic sequences may hint at some of the causes of autism.

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Ethical issues cloud case report of unproven stem cell therapy for autism

by  /  10 December 2021

Undisclosed financial conflicts and a lack of proper clearance mar a new study that injected four autistic children with stem cells from their own bone marrow, independent experts say.

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Null and Noteworthy: Quality of life, IACC discussion, mixed results on interventions

by  /  2 December 2021

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee grapples with “groundbreaking” research and two reviews of interventions come to conflicting conclusions.

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