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

March 2018
Opinion / Viewpoint

Peer partners help students with autism join playground fun

by  /  6 March 2018

In a new program, teachers recruit typical students to help children with autism play during recess.

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Flurry of studies hint at folic acid’s protective role in autism

by  /  5 March 2018

Folic acid, a B vitamin, may lower autism risk and ease features of the condition.

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Parent training boosts language in nonverbal children with autism

by  /  1 March 2018

Children with autism who speak few or no words improve in their verbal abilities after their parents learn to engage them in conversation during play.

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February 2018
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Optimism, confusion greet federal fast track for autism drug

by  /  12 February 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a rare ‘breakthrough therapy’ designation for a drug that may ease some features of autism.

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Games plus group therapy may help adults with autism find jobs

by  /  7 February 2018

Adults with autism who undergo a therapy designed to bolster social learning show cognitive benefits that may increase their chances of employment.

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Features / Deep Dive

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

by  /  7 February 2018

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.

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January 2018
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Drug in trials for one autism-linked condition may worsen another

by  /  26 January 2018

The drug rapamycin, which is in clinical trials as a treatment for tuberous sclerosis, may exacerbate features of fragile X syndrome, another condition related to autism.

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Features / Deep Dive

Weighing up autism’s obesity crisis

by  /  24 January 2018

Autism’s underlying biology, associated behaviors and treatments can all put people on the spectrum at serious risk for obesity.

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Features / Deep Dive

France faces down its outdated notions about autism

by  /  10 January 2018

After lagging behind other countries for decades, France is working on a new national plan for autism.

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Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.

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