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

September 2018
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Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

by  /  28 September 2018

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice.

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Features / Deep Dive

At the intersection of autism and trauma

by  /  26 September 2018

Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now.

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Cancer drug finds new use as treatment for Angelman syndrome

by  /  26 September 2018

Compounds that mimic a cancer drug restore expression of the key gene mutated in Angelman syndrome, a condition related to autism.

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Ecstasy ingredient touted as treatment for anxiety in autism

by  /  25 September 2018

The active ingredient in the drug popularly known as ecstasy eases social anxiety in people with autism.

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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
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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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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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