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Controversial autism drug gets ambitious new trial

by  /  28 November 2016

The makers of a drug designed to correct an enzyme shortage seen in some children with autism are moving to test it in children with autism who do not have that deficiency.

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Lobbyists swarm around major mental health bill

by ,  /  1 December 2016
More than 1,455 lobbyists representing 400 companies, universities and other organizations have pushed for or against an earlier House version of the 21st Century Cures bill.
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Massive mental health bill faces vote in U.S. Congress

by ,  /  30 November 2016
If passed, the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act would make mental health a national priority.
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Cells selected:  In this cross-section of a mouse brain, nerve fibers infected with a virus glow green.

By hacking cells’ DNA, virus traces brain activity patterns

by  /  25 November 2016
A mutant virus that infiltrates neurons and delivers genes to the nucleus can illuminate brain connections.

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China syndrome: Researchers have sequenced  risk genes for autism in a group of people in the Shandong province.Jung-Pang Wu / Getty Images
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Study in China solidifies list of genes tied to autism

by  /  1 December 2016

Harmful mutations in autism genes crop up in Chinese individuals about as often as they do in people of European ancestry.

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Despite setbacks, fragile X drugs file into clinical trials

by  /  30 November 2016

Our infographic displays efforts to develop treatments for fragile X syndrome. So far, none of them have passed muster in clinical trials.

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Maternal obesity, genetics may cooperate to up autism risk

by  /  24 November 2016

Women who are overweight or obese when pregnant increase their risk of having a child who is later diagnosed with autism by about 30 percent.

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Mutation tied to autism deprives male mice of their sleep

by  /  23 November 2016

A DNA deletion linked to autism causes male mice, but not females, to have trouble falling asleep.

In sync: Scientists taught parents to be more responsive to their children with autism. Hero Images / Getty Images
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Parent training may lead to lasting gains in autism features

by  /  21 November 2016

Teaching parents of toddlers with autism how to respond to their children may result in long-term improvements in these children’s autism features.

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Takeaways from SfN 2016

by  /  17 November 2016

Spectrum’s team reported about 50 stories at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. One big theme this year: how autism relates to bigger questions in neuroscience.

Up close: Researchers can isolate and examine single neurons from the human nasal cavity.Lauren Shear / Science Source
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New tool takes rapid genetic snapshot of people’s neurons

by  /  17 November 2016

A new approach quickly captures an individual’s gene expression pattern at the level of a single neuron.

Immune index: A combination of genetic susceptibility and exposure to mock infection may increase autism risk.Russell Kightley / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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Genes, immune exposure collude to up autism risk

by  /  17 November 2016

The interplay between a mouse’s immune system and certain mutations in her pups may increase autism-like features in the pups.

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New mice expose consequences of key autism gene

by  /  17 November 2016

Mice with an extra copy of the autism risk gene UBE3A have cognitive deficits and anxiety, but do not show any core features of the condition.

Critical period: When one eye of a typical young mouse is shut for a week, the brain’s visual region learns to compensate.Heidi and Hans-Juergen Koch / Minden Pictures
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Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  17 November 2016

Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.

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