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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.

April 2018
News

Children with autism bear brunt of antipsychotic drugs

by  /  18 April 2018

Children with autism are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications earlier and for longer periods than are their typical peers.

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Features / Deep Dive

Where communication breaks down for people with autism

by  /  18 April 2018

People on the spectrum often have subtle problems using language or making facial expressions. Pinpointing where those difficulties originate may help ease their social communication.

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News

Federal limits on medical marijuana research hinder treatments

by , ,  /  16 April 2018

By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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A cancer drug boosts levels of a key protein (red) in mice lacking SHANK3.
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Cancer drug shows promise for treating some forms of autism

by  /  2 April 2018

A low dose of a drug used to treat lymphoma may ease social problems in some forms of autism.

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March 2018
Tiny particles (blue), along with light-sensitive proteins (green) and light, excite neurons (red) in a reward region of the mouse brain.
News / Toolbox

Tiny particles safely stimulate neurons buried in brain

by  /  30 March 2018

A new technology that converts near-infrared light to visible light can manipulate neurons nestled deep in the brain.

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Deleting DNA repeats from fragile X neurons restores expression (right, red) of the gene silenced in the syndrome.
News

CRISPR tweak fixes genetic flaw in fragile X syndrome

by  /  29 March 2018

A modified version of the genetic engineering tool CRISPR may restore expression of the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome.

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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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