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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.

September 2018
Features / Deep Dive

Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

by  /  11 September 2018

Scientists’ desire for evidence-based medical inquiry runs headlong into an apparently immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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New mouse model paves way for Rett syndrome treatments

by  /  7 September 2018

A new line of female mice may enable researchers to test gene-based therapies for Rett syndrome.

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August 2018
Collage illustration shows sun rising behind medicine dropper with marijuana leaves growing out of it.
News

Drug approval could boost research on marijuana treatment for autism

by  /  16 August 2018

The United States has approved a compound derived from marijuana as a treatment for certain types of epilepsy. The ruling may spell good news for autism research.

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Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

by  /  8 August 2018

Boosting the levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social — and brings new hope to a shelved theory in autism.

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Lone teen walking downstairs into shadowy area of a school staircase hallway, other kids pass by together.
Features / Deep Dive

The hidden danger of suicide in autism

by  /  8 August 2018

Many people with autism entertain thoughts of suicide and yet show few obvious signs of their distress. Some scientists are identifying risks — and solutions — unique to autistic individuals.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to help young adults with autism transition to adulthood

by  /  7 August 2018

A novel group intervention helps young adults with autism develop independent-living skills and access social support in times of stress.

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News / Toolbox

Technique tracks molecules that drive learning in brain

by  /  3 August 2018

A new method enables scientists to monitor the activity of key molecules involved in the growth and remodeling of connections in the brain.

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News

Blocking key enzyme eases memory problems, anxiety in autism mice

by  /  1 August 2018

New results implicate an enzyme called ERK in the consequences of missing a segment of chromosome 16.

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July 2018
News

Skepticism surrounds autism drug given ‘fast track’ for approval

by  /  25 July 2018

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guaranteed an experimental autism drug a speedy review for approval, but some scientists are skeptical of the drug’s potential.

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