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

January 2019
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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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Gut microbes may treat social difficulties in autism mice

by  /  16 January 2019

Consuming Lactobacillus reuteri, a gut microbe found in yogurt and breast milk, may enhance social interactions in three mouse models of autism.

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December 2018
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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Notable papers in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year’s list of top papers highlights new dimensions in our understanding of autism genetics and hints at novel treatments.

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November 2018
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‘Shock therapy’ may help some autistic teens with catatonia

by  /  26 November 2018

Case reports suggest electroconvulsive therapy is effective for treating catatonia in people with autism.

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Obesity risk tracks with severity of autism traits, study suggests

by  /  22 November 2018

The latest study to show that autistic children tend to be overweight suggests that the risk is greatest for those at the severe end of the spectrum.

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Monkey with mutation in top autism gene shows social problems

by  /  14 November 2018

The first monkey with a mutation in SHANK3, a top autism gene, is nearly 3; it spends its days circling its cage rather than interacting with other monkeys.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

by ,  /  13 November 2018

Robots may one day help therapists analyze behaviors and devise personalized sessions for autistic children.

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Cerebellum’s role in autism may depend on timing

by  /  12 November 2018

Two studies published in the past two months provide new clues to when and how the cerebellum contributes to autism.

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Mouse, human ‘co-clinical’ trials could speed autism drug discovery

by  /  8 November 2018

A team of researchers is trialing a fast approach to autism drug development: simultaneously testing candidates in people and in mice.

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Drug duo delivers brain, behavioral benefits for fragile X syndrome

by  /  8 November 2018

Administering a cholesterol drug alongside an antibiotic eases atypical behavior and restores the signaling balance in the brains of people with fragile X syndrome.

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