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- Feb 2 201714 minutes
The Challenges of Autism in Small-Town America
Lacking easy access to specialized care, some families are turning to video-conferencing for treatment.
- Jan 12 201713 minutes
Could Cancer Drugs Treat Autism?
A surprising genetic connection has autism researchers wondering if they can borrow from cancer’s medicine cabinet.
- Dec 1 201611 minutes
Autism's Placebo Problem
People on the spectrum—and their families—can be more easily swayed in their responses to treatments than previously thought.
- Dec 28 20163 minutes
Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum
The majority of those with autism are unemployed, but new pilot programs at big companies, such as EY and Microsoft, are discovering unexpected benefits from having "neurodiverse" colleagues.
- Sep 15 201614 minutes
A Mental Disease by Any Other Name: For Frank Russell, reinterpreting his schizophrenia as shamanism helped his symptoms.
It starts without warning—or rather, the warnings are there, but your ability to detect them exists only in hindsight. First you’re sitting in the car with your son, then he tells you: “I cannot find my old self again.” You think, well, teenagers say
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
My Famıly’s Battle With Mental Illness
IN A NEW BOOK, THE STAR OPENS UP ABOUT HOW SHE SAVED HER SCHIZOPHRENIC MOM
- Dec 1 20161 minute
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- Apr 15 20164 minutes
Matchmaking Algorithms Are Unraveling the Causes of Rare Genetic Diseases
Jill Viles, an Iowa mother, was born with a rare type of muscular dystrophy. The symptoms weren’t really noticeable until preschool, when she began to fall while walking. She saw doctors, but they couldn’t diagnose her or supply a remedy. When she le
- Jul 25 20161 minute
Then & Now
CHRISTINA DUGAN In 1980 actress Mackenzie Phillips joined her father, John Phillips (whom Mackenzie claimed she had an incestuous relationship with in her 2009 memoir High on Arrival), in rehab for an out-of-control cocaine habit that had gotten her
- Jan 24 20176 minutes
Is the Bar Too Low for Special Education?
The Supreme Court is poised to decide the quality of instruction public schools must provide students with disabilities—a question that could get even thornier under the Trump administration.
- Mar 1 20163 minutes
Practical Advice for Fighting Fear
How do we dial down our freaked-out minds? Scott Halford, author of Activate Your Brain and the founder of the consultant group Complete Intelligence, explains.
- Sep 1 20165 minutes
Microsoft’s plan to bring people with autism into the workforce is a bold experiment in the power of neurodiversity.
- Oct 25 20163 minutes
How Autism Shaped the Modern Conversation
On Facebook, iPhone messenger, and What’s App, conversation is often silent and devoid of body language. Emotions are condensed to icons on a screen: a happy face, a wink, or a kiss blown to a loved one through LTE and pixels. These emoticons (a port
- Jan 10 20173 minutes
Trump Taps Vaccine Skeptic to Chair 'Committee on Vaccine Safety'
The move is merely the latest in Trump’s dance with the anti-vax community.
- Oct 16 20161 minute
When Paranoia Feels Sane
TYPICALLY, CONSPIRACY PROCEDURALS pay a price when they migrate from plausible universes to really hard-to-follow ones. The hacker dystopia Mr. Robot was different. Almost as soon as it premiered in the summer of 2015, it became clear that the show w
- Feb 27 20154 minutes
How Odd Behavior in Some Young Horses May Reveal a Cause of Autism
As a toxicologist at the University of California, Davis, Isaac Pessah focuses on how different molecules regulate human brain function and development. Yet when he found himself at the university’s equine research center, watching a troubled newborn
- Sep 16 20133 minutes
Fame’s Troubling Ability to Turn Off the Brain
Fame may be an unavoidable aspect of reality, an inherent part of the human condition, or just a quirk in the minds of some smart, social primates. In any case, it brings with it big problems. Here is the trouble with fame: It too often makes the rec
- Oct 17 20135 minutes
The Artist of the Unbreakable Code: Composer Edward Elgar still has cryptographers playing his tune.
As someone who has studied and practiced family therapy for 37 years, I am repeatedly struck by a secret’s impact on a family. With the best intentions, parents often strive to protect a child from a shameful or painful event that happened in the pas
- Aug 25 20143 minutes
How a Mental Disorder Can Disappear from the World Overnight
Over the past few decades, autism and Asperger syndrome have become prominent in the public consciousness, and that prominence has been reflected in popular art and entertainment. Autism, a mental illness characterized by repetitive behaviors and imp
- Feb 16 201712 minutes
The Flawed Designs of Drug Trials for Autism
Can a new clinical approach end a pattern of failure and frustration?