Tag: metabolism

January 2017
News

Rare form of autism linked to lack of key nutrient

by  /  5 January 2017

A mutation that prevents some amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, from entering the brain may lead to autism.

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November 2016
News

Diverse paths to autism may converge on shared cellular features

by  /  16 November 2016

Neural stem cells derived from boys with autism of unknown cause may share genetic, chemical and physical features absent in cells from their typical brothers.

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September 2016
News

Diabetes drug slows weight gain in some children with autism

by  /  28 September 2016

Metformin can reverse weight gain in children with autism who take antipsychotic medications.

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October 2015
Features / Deep Dive

Wide awake: Why children with autism struggle with sleep

by  /  7 October 2015

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour.

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September 2015
News / Toolbox

Tool tracks brainwaves, blood flow in moving rats

by  /  2 September 2015

A head-mounted device tracks both blood flow and electrical activity in the brains of moving rats.

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March 2015
Week of MarchMar
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2015
News / Spotted

Spotted: Missing cerebellum; app approach

by  /  20 March 2015

Researchers home in on the cerebellum’s role, and an app helps children with autism make eye contact.

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January 2015
Opinion

Small study bolsters difficult search for autism blood test

by  /  13 January 2015

A set of small molecules in the blood can distinguish people with autism from controls with 81 percent accuracy, claims a biotech firm, but the test faces a long and difficult road to clinical use.

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August 2014
Opinion / Cross Talk

Can a drug for a parasitic disease really treat autism?

by  /  6 August 2014

Reports of a century-old drug that reverses autism-like symptoms in mice raise key questions about the complexity of translating promising research into real treatments.

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June 2014
News

Drug for sleeping sickness eases autism symptoms in mice

by  /  23 June 2014

A single dose of a drug used to treat African sleeping sickness temporarily improves symptoms of autism in a mouse model, according to a study published last week in Translational Psychiatry.

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April 2014
News

Cognition and behavior: Autism-linked antibodies affect mice

by  /  25 April 2014

Injecting antibodies taken from mothers of children with autism directly into the brains of fetal mice results in autism-like behaviors in the mice in adulthood, according to a study published 5 March in Behavioural Brain Research.

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