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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 2018
News

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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News

Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  5 November 2018

The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its ‘high.’

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News

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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News / Toolbox

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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October 2018
Features / Deep Dive

How virtual reality is transforming autism studies

by  /  24 October 2018

Researchers and autistic artists exploring virtual reality to study, treat and simulate autism traits.

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Young girl with teacher in a speech therapy session.
News

Therapy taps rhythm to boost speech in autistic children

by  /  24 October 2018

A new type of speech therapy may improve the verbal abilities of children with autism who speak few or no words.

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letters and numbers made out of mice, MRIs and other materials.
News

For studies, size matters: Let us count the ways

by  /  17 October 2018

In autism research, as in other fields, small sample sizes can lead to false findings. The size of the sample needed for statistical significance depends on the type of study.

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An illustration shows a mosaic-like view of viruses delivering genes to the brain.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Angelman syndrome: Bellwether for genetic therapy in autism

by ,  /  16 October 2018

It is not a matter of whether there will be clinical trials of genetic therapy for Angelman syndrome, but when.

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News

Early interventions, explained

by  /  4 October 2018

The accepted wisdom in autism research holds that early intervention offers the best promise for an autistic child’s well-being. But how effective are these therapies?

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News

Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

by  /  1 October 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has made it legal for doctors to prescribe an epilepsy drug derived from marijuana. But all other compounds derived from marijuana remain under tight restrictions.

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