autism

Pioneering neuroscience identifies molecular pattern of psychiatric disorders

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are define…

New autism drug shows early promise in trials

A new drug called NitroSynapsin has shown to be effective against autism in mouse models, according to a report published…

Anti-vaxxers have embraced social media. We’re paying for fake news with real lives

‘Fake news’ may be the latest buzzword, but there’s nothing new about it. It’s been around for decades and vaccine…

An autism-friendly city isn’t possible. Stop using my condition to score political points

Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow want to become the UK’s first ‘autism-firendly’ cities. That’s admirable, but what does it mean in…

The rise of the cannabis cult: don’t believe the hype about medical marijuana

There are few substances that excite discussion quite as potently as cannabis. Explosive claims about its curative power circulate wildly…

Sesame Street

Sesame Street’s new muppet with autism will do more harm than good

So Sesame Street is to introduce a character with autism. It’s clear the producers have good intentions — their goal…

Andrew Wakefield

Homeopaths are keeping Andrew Wakefield’s ‘anti-vax’ fantasies alive

The ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield is back in Britain. Why do I call him an ‘ex-doctor’? As was widely reported at…

Training for parents can improve children’s autism

Communication training for parents can improve the symptoms of severe autism, according to a long-term study published in the Lancet.…

A brain therapy changed my life. It raises profound questions for the future

‘Transcranial magnetic stimulation’ — it sounds like something a nutty professor would develop in a science fiction movie. Yet this…

Should the Hemsley sisters be supporting a diet that ‘treats’ autism?

The Hemsley sisters are the hot new thing in British cooking. They even have a show, Eating Well With Hemsley…

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy ‘nearly doubles the risk of autism’

Using antidepressants during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of autism, according to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Professor…

Bleach is being sold as a cure for autism. Yes, you read that right

Bleach. Some use it to clean their clothes, others to lighten their hair. But even if having a Marilyn Monroe…