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

July 2019
Mom and toddler looking at a red toy car
News

Eye tracking reveals early communication problem in autistic children

by  /  18 July 2019

At 10 months of age, infants later diagnosed with autism show key differences in joint attention, a behavior in which two people focus on the same object or event.

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Family groups, researchers join forces to solve mysteries of autism gene

by  /  10 July 2019

Families of children with mutations in a gene called SYNGAP1 have spurred research into the effects of the mutations on people — and how to treat them.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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Study hints at dietary chemical as therapy for type of autism

by  /  1 July 2019

A compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, might limit the impact of certain mutations in an autism gene.

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June 2019
Giant helminth flies over figure with glowing gut and microbiome
Features / Deep Dive

Supplements, worms and stool: How families are trying to game the gut to treat autism traits

by  /  26 June 2019

Scientists are playing catch-up as microbiome-based treatments for autism proliferate.

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Illustration shows variety of stimming behaviors: hand flapping, muttering, rocking, doodling.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Stimming, therapeutic for autistic people, deserves acceptance

by  /  25 June 2019

Repetitive behaviors such as hand-flapping and spinning may give autistic people a sense of control; instead of discouraging these behaviors, therapists should address triggers upsetting to autistic people.

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Pregnant woman studies the label on medicine bottle while on the phone.
News / Toolbox

Interactive chart yields risk scores for seizures during pregnancy

by  /  21 June 2019

A new tool calculates the chances of having a seizure in pregnant women who have epilepsy.

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Popular statin shows promise for treating fragile X syndrome

by  /  17 June 2019

Lovastatin, a drug that lowers cholesterol levels, prevents memory and learning problems in a rat model of fragile X syndrome.

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Mouse neurons in a grid show differences
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Autism mutation may disrupt brain structure by disabling mitochondria

by  /  13 June 2019

Mice that lack a segment of chromosome 22 — a mutation associated with autism — have unusually sparse connections between brain regions.

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Illustration shows the legs of a boy and a spine levitating through a hoop, as in a magic show
Features / Deep Dive

Straightening out chiropractic’s claim as a treatment for autism

by ,  /  12 June 2019

Some chiropractors advertise that they can treat autism, but there’s no evidence to back that claim.

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