Tag: brain imaging

April 2017
Multicolored mind: Fluorescent markers pinpoint cells inside a 'mini-brain' grown from human stem cells.M. Renner  et al. / The EMBO Journal
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Lab-grown ‘mini-brains’ mimic brain development

by  /  28 April 2017

A new method for examining blobs of neurons known as ‘mini-brains’ reveals structures like those in the human brain.

Intricate image: A novel scanning technique reveals the branches of neurons inside the brain of an awake mouse.
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Clever tweaks give brain scans new dimension

by  /  14 April 2017

New improvements allow researchers to look at cells deep inside the mouse brain, make high-resolution movies of firing neurons and monitor brain activity in monkeys over months.

Illustration by Bee Johnson
Opinion / Viewpoint

Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

by  /  11 April 2017

A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.

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March 2017
Pair bonding: Babies with Prader-Willi syndrome who receive oxytocin show improved interactions with their mothers.Monashee Alonso / Getty Images

Oxytocin boosts social skills in autism-related syndrome

by  /  15 March 2017

One week of treatment with the hormone oxytocin improves social skills and feeding in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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Celebrating women; transplant trouble; amazing images

by  /  10 March 2017

Scientists recognize women’s contributions, ‘autism’ can be a strike against a person awaiting organ transplant, and stunning science snapshots show cells, squid and sections of the brain.

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Tennis program serves up benefits for children with autism

by  /  7 March 2017

Tennis is a social game, requiring players to predict and respond to their opponent’s behavior. That may help some children with autism.

Blank space: An infant with autism (right) has more fluid between the brain and the skull than does a typically developing baby at the same age (left).

Excess brain fluid may forecast autism in babies

by  /  6 March 2017

Some infants who are later diagnosed with autism have too much fluid between the brain and skull.

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Monkey minds: Two different brain imaging techniques reveal the brain of a rhesus macaque at 2 weeks, 3 months and 6 months of age.
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New atlases chart early brain growth in monkeys

by  /  3 March 2017

A collection of brain scans from monkeys aged 2 weeks to 12 months reveals how their brain structures and nerve tracts develop over time.

February 2017
Deep brains: The thickness of a number of brain areas distinguishes women with autism from those without the condition.

Brains of women with autism may sport male features

by  /  23 February 2017

The brains of some women with autism more closely resemble those of typical men than those of typical women.


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