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Tag: clinical trials

December 2019

Notable papers in autism research in 2019

23 December 2019

This year’s top papers deepen our understanding of autism’s genetics and reveal mixed results from trials of autism therapies.

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Illustration shows boy with bag of oranges, in landscape of food with DNA trailing around him

Diets may help autistic children with certain genetic profiles

by ,  /  17 December 2019

No diet is likely to treat autistic people on a large scale, but diets based on a genetic profile may bring big benefits to a few.

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A woman's eye is scattered with light, tracking eye movement

Studies of gaze could improve diagnosis, treatment of autism

by  /  10 December 2019

Understanding how gaze differs in autistic people may help improve their lives.

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November 2019
A scientist protesting Brexit holds a 'Science needs EU' banner on a march in London

Brexit threatens progress of large autism studies

by  /  7 November 2019

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union would endanger continent-wide collaborations.

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October 2019
Choosing between two plates: on the left, salmon and on the right, supplements.

Analysis finds little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism

by  /  28 October 2019

Special diets that eliminate certain foods or contain added supplements have minimal impact on autism traits, according to a review of 27 clinical trials.

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Mouse study hints at why fragile X drugs fail in trials

by  /  22 October 2019

Drug after drug has failed in clinical trials for fragile X syndrome. A new study provides an explanation — a decrease in the drugs’ effectiveness over time — and points to a new strategy that could circumvent this problem.

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Cerebellum brain cells, light micrograph.

U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.

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Canada makes clinical trial data available to public

by ,  /  16 October 2019

Canada’s health department is now sharing study results on new drugs and treatments online. Transparency advocates want the United States to do the same.

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September 2019
row of babies playing with toys that look like genome sequence

Studies of tuberous sclerosis may shed light on biology of autism

by  /  24 September 2019

Tuberous sclerosis provides a unique opportunity to understand autism because about half of people with that single-gene condition also have autism.

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Can preventing seizures alter the course of autism?

by  /  18 September 2019

Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.

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