Monthly Research Updates

Scientists and researchers are constantly uncovering more information related to autism, offering insights into the origins, possible causes and even at times potential cures. I come across dozens of articles on a weekly basis, some of which seem more important than others. I thought I would share on a monthly basis stories that caught my eye.

~ Maureen


researchWeighing up autism’s obesity crisis

A 2014 study of more than 6,000 children and teenagers on the spectrum found that they are more than twice as likely to be overweight and nearly five times as likely to be obese as their typical peers. Those statistics translate to higher rates of a host of associated health issues. A 2016 analysis of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database revealed that teens with autism are nearly three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than their typical peers.

Read the full article here.

https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/weighing-autisms-obesity-crisis/

Roche wins FDA’s breakthrough therapy label for autism drug

Swiss drugmaker Roche said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted its breakthrough therapy designation for Balovaptan to treat autism spectrum disorder (ASD), potentially accelerating its development and approval. Balovaptan, which may improve social interaction and communication in people with ASD, is being developed by Roche’s Swiss-based pRED research unit and has an expected filing date of after 2020, according to the company’s website.

Read the full article here.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-roche-autism/roche-wins-fdas-breakthrough-therapy-label-for-autism-drug-idUSKBN1FI0HS

Gene responsible for autism identified

Scientists have identified a gene that is responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, an advance that may pave the way for developing treatments. The findings showed that alterations of the gene thousand and one amino-acid kinase 2, known as TAOK2, plays a direct role in these disorders.

Read the full article here.

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/gene-responsible-for-autism-identified-5088518/

Autism’s social deficits are reversed by an anti-cancer drug

New research at the University at Buffalo reveals the first evidence that it may be possible to use a single compound to alleviate the behavioral symptoms by targeting sets of genes involved in the disease. The research, published today in Nature Neuroscience, demonstrated that brief treatment with a very low dose of romidepsin, a Food and Drug Administration-approved anti-cancer drug, restored social deficits in animal models of autism in a sustained fashion.

Read the full article here.

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2018/03/012.html

Tune in next month for an update on autism research!

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