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June 2020
grid of brains with one area highlighted shows a potential source of a seizure

New noninvasive approach maps seizure-generating brain areas

by  /  10 June 2020

A new method for electroencephalography source localization can noninvasively identify brain networks involved in generating seizures in people with epilepsy.

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Autism and seizures may share roots in development

by  /  8 June 2020

Early behavioral signs predict seizures in autistic children, according to a new study.

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March 2020
Illustration shows older person in chair in messy house, looking out the window at a sunset.

Growing old with autism

by  /  18 March 2020

For many autistic adults, the golden years are tarnished by poor health, poverty and, in some cases, homelessness. Their plight reveals huge gaps in care.

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January 2020
Teenage girl with headache

Autistic people have increased incidence of neurological problems

by  /  23 January 2020

People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do.

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neurons firing in black and white

Brain organoids may shed light on seizures in Angelman syndrome

by  /  22 January 2020

The mutation that causes Angelman syndrome makes neurons hyperexcitable, which may explain the frequent seizures that most people with the syndrome have.

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December 2019
Illustration of a storefront with stem cell treatments

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

by  /  23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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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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October 2019
Marijuana plant

Cannabis compound improves sociability in autism mouse model

by  /  22 October 2019

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.

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The link between epilepsy and autism, explained

by  /  21 October 2019

Autism and epileptic seizures often go hand in hand. What explains the overlap, and what does it reveal about autism’s origins?

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Single seizure may have long-lasting effects on brain

by  /  21 October 2019

A single seizure early in life leads to enduring behavioral problems, including diminished sociability, in mice.

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