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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.

August 2018
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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Features / Deep Dive

The healthcare system is failing autistic adults

by  /  25 July 2018

Adults on the spectrum frequently have a range of other conditions — but they rarely get the help they need.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

For children with autism, tablet app may deliver life skills

by  /  24 July 2018

Software may complement traditional behavioral therapy for autism, but making programs engaging and effective is a challenge.

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A whimsical illustration shows scientists as flowers, being 'watered' by Euros, which is also filtering down into a system of lab objects and medicines.
News

Record-breaking grant may fuel autism drug development

by  /  19 July 2018

A huge new research collaboration may jump-start the race to develop therapies for autism.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Orrin Devinsky discusses cannabis compounds for epilepsy

17 July 2018

Watch the complete replay of Orrin Devinsky discussing cannabis-based treatments for seizures.

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News

Seizures may damage learning capacity of rodent brains

by  /  12 July 2018

Seizures early in life may render brain circuits incapable of supporting learning during critical developmental periods.

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a particle of gold and a protective shell nable CRISPR to traverse safely into the brain.
News

Gene editing via nanoparticles may treat autism syndromes

by  /  5 July 2018

A miniature particle delivers the gene-editing tool CRISPR into the brains of fragile X mice.

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June 2018
Illustration of person looking at a car, with a window into their brain activity.
News

Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote

by  /  28 June 2018

Many clinics offer neurofeedback as a therapy for autism, despite little scientific support for the technique.

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Illustration of scientists on ladder shining flashlight into a human brain with a raincloud inside.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need screens for depression in people with autism

by ,  /  26 June 2018

The instruments clinicians use to diagnose depression in people with autism cannot capture its unique presentation in this group.

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