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Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

by  /  16 November 2017

Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, are at increased risk of having a child with autism.

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In autism, intelligence scores may not predict school success

by  /  6 November 2017
Many children with autism do better in school than their intelligence scores would predict, and about 16 percent do worse.
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Cells spun from baby teeth implicate astrocytes in autism

by  /  2 November 2017
In children with autism, star-shaped brain cells may release inflammatory molecules that harm neurons.
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Registry for autism-linked syndrome spurs new research

by  /  2 November 2017
Nine U.S. clinics are pooling their data to create a registry of people who have an extra copy of a region on chromosome 15 called 15q11-13, a genetic abnormality often found in people with autism.

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Takeaways from SfN 2017

by  /  16 November 2017

After five days and more than 13,000 abstracts, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., has drawn to a close.

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Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Researchers have mapped how immune cells in the brain called microglia change with age in mice.

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Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

by  /  15 November 2017

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.

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Drug cocktail curbs repetitive jumping in mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.

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In autism, food quirks show up in social brain areas

by  /  15 November 2017

Young adults with autism who have intense sensitivity to taste show increased activation in social areas of the brain when they taste something sweet.

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Social development remarkably similar in monkeys, people

by  /  15 November 2017

Eye-tracking studies cement monkeys’ promise for studying autism and related conditions.

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Technology from ‘Harry Potter’ movies brings magic of brain into focus

by  /  15 November 2017

The same techniques that generate images of smoke, clouds and fantastic beasts in movies can render neurons and brain structures in fine-grained detail.

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Mouse imaging study hints at how fragile X drug trial went wrong

by  /  15 November 2017

The drug mavoglurant has no effect on a brain circuit involved in social behavior in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. That may explain its poor performance in people with the condition.

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Billions of neuronal junctions make up new ‘synaptome’ map

by  /  15 November 2017

Researchers have charted billions of synapses in the mouse brain and sorted them by type.

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Compound lets scientists see deep inside brains of living mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A chemical that doctors use to create contrast on X-rays also yields clear images of neurons in the brains of living mice.

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