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

August 2012

Genetics: Splicing gene alters expression of autism genes

by  /  3 August 2012

The autism-associated gene RBFOX1 modifies the sequence of hundreds of genetic messages, a number of which affect the expression of other autism-linked genes, according to a study published 7 July in Human Molecular Genetics.

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July 2012

In Phelan-McDermid, motor neurons show irregularities

by  /  30 July 2012

Motor neurons derived from individuals with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a rare autism-related disorder, form abnormal connections with muscle cells. The unpublished research was presented 26 July at a meeting of the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation in Orlando.

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Tuberous sclerosis gene loss triggers autism-like features

by  /  26 July 2012

Losing one or both copies of TSC1, one of the two genes responsible for tuberous sclerosis complex, in specific cells of the cerebellum can trigger several autism-like behaviors in mice, according to research published 1 July in Nature.

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Insights for autism from tuberous sclerosis complex

by  /  24 July 2012

Studying tuberous sclerosis provides researchers with a unique opportunity to find a common pathway among the various genetic causes of autism, says neurologist Mustafa Sahin.

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Clinical research: Autism diagnosis stable over time

by  /  24 July 2012

Nearly all children diagnosed with autism retain their diagnosis when screened again at 8 years of age, according to a population-based study of more than 1,000 children, published in June in the Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.

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Gene therapy

by  /  20 July 2012

Delicate dosage issues are just one complication of developing gene therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Cost comparison

by  /  17 July 2012

Early intensive behavioral therapy could save more than a million dollars over the lifetime of an individual with autism.

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Targeting brain microcircuits may help treat autism

by  /  10 July 2012

Understanding the function of neuronal circuits, specifically microcircuits in the prefrontal cortex and elsewhere in the brain, will play a major role in translating research findings into new autism treatments, says Vikaas Sohal.

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Clinical research: Melatonin relieves sleep problems in autism

by  /  4 July 2012

Children who receive a combination of melatonin and behavioral therapy fall asleep faster and have better sleep quality than those who get either treatment alone or those on placebo, according to a study published 22 May in the Journal of Sleep Research.

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Growth factor

by  /  3 July 2012

A small clinical trial at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai aims to test whether an existing drug, the growth factor IGF-1, will help treat some of the core symptoms of autism in children with a specific genetic mutation.

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