Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
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.
A single dose of cannabidiol, a component of marijuana, eases seizures and improves learning and sociability in mice with mutations in an autism gene called CDKL5.
A single seizure early in life leads to enduring behavioral problems, including diminished sociability, in mice.
Deleting an autism gene called TRIO derails neurons’ journey to their destination.
Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex, a related genetic condition.
Experimental surgeries to prevent seizures may help scientists understand the link between autism and epilepsy.
A drug that treats tumors and epilepsy in people with tuberous sclerosis complex does not boost their intelligence or ease autism traits.
Adults with autism are nearly 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital than their typical peers.