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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: clinical trials

May 2019
Nasal spray jetting from bottle on a dark background

Ready or not, two drugs for autism edge closer to clinic

by  /  1 May 2019

Two drugs that alter the activity of the hormone vasopressin seem to improve social communication in autistic people, but some experts question the findings.

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April 2019
children playing at a genetic family group meeting

How families are driving the study of autism genes

by  /  10 April 2019

Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.

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March 2019
Stem cell company

False hope for autism in the stem-cell underground

by  /  27 March 2019

Parents of autistic children are paying tens of thousands of dollars for stem cell therapies that often use medical waste. Despite the risks, regulators have been slow to act.

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Latest test of promising autism therapy shows only mild benefits

by  /  14 March 2019

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model, may not be as effective as its creators had hoped.

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Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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February 2019

Scientists sound warning about use of autism speech detector

by  /  27 February 2019

A popular system used to detect speech may not identify most vocalizations produced by autistic children aged 5 and older.

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October 2018
Illustration of research mice forming the letter 'X'.

Fragile X syndrome’s link to autism, explained

by  /  10 October 2018

Fragile X syndrome is a leading genetic cause of autism. People who have either condition often share certain traits, such as difficulties in social situations.

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Photograph of marijuana plant in dark setting.

Drug agency ruling on marijuana may do little to ease autism research

by  /  1 October 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has made it legal for doctors to prescribe an epilepsy drug derived from marijuana. But all other compounds derived from marijuana remain under tight restrictions.

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September 2018

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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Gate keepers with long documents and spears in front of fortress full of marijuana leaves.

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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