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News-medical.net: Genetic therapy may help children with Angelman syndrome to overcome seizures

News-medical.net: Genetic therapy may help children with Angelman syndrome to overcome seizures

Angelman syndrome is a genetic disease with no cure. Children grow up with severe intellectual disabilities and a range of other problems, arguably the worst of which are epileptic seizures. Now scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have found evidence that genetic therapy may prevent the enhanced seizure susceptibility.

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News-medical.net: Cardiff University collaborates with Takeda to identify new treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders

News-medical.net: Cardiff University collaborates with Takeda to identify new treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders

Nov 19 2018

Cardiff University forms new drug discovery collaboration for psychiatric disorders

Cardiff University has formed a drug discovery collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) to identify new approaches for treating schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

The collaboration will combine the University’s large scale genomic data, and

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News-medical.net: Artificial intelligence could be valuable tool to help young victims disclose traumatic testimony

News-medical.net: Artificial intelligence could be valuable tool to help young victims disclose traumatic testimony

When children are victims of crimes, the legal testimony they provide is known as forensic interviews. However, since victims are often traumatized and potentially abused by their caregivers they can be reluctant to come forward with accusations or disclose relevant information.

As such, a protocol has been developed to carefully

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News-medical.net: Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study

News-medical.net: Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of autism, finds new study

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication disorders, altered social interactions and sensory and behavioral abnormalities. Research in genetics and brain imaging suggests that abnormalities in the development of the brain concerning, in particular, the formation of neural networks and the functioning of synapses could be involved

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News-medical.net: Researchers directly connect activities of genes with instinctive behavior in male cichlids

News-medical.net: Researchers directly connect activities of genes with instinctive behavior in male cichlids

Call it instinct, but something compels some animals to behave in certain ways, perhaps programs in their genes. Researchers have directly connected activities of genes with instinctive behavior in little male fish that make patterns in the sand to attract their mates.

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and

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News-medical.net: Study identifies unique functional brain networks associated with ASD behaviors in infancy

News-medical.net: Study identifies unique functional brain networks associated with ASD behaviors in infancy

A study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging examines the neural signatures of restricted and repetitive behaviors in infancy

A new study has identified unique functional brain networks associated with characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 12- and 24-month old children at risk for developing ASD. The

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News-medical.net: Pre-schoolers with autism thrive in mainstream classroom settings

News-medical.net: Pre-schoolers with autism thrive in mainstream classroom settings

In a world first, breakthrough research from La Trobe University has shown that toddlers with autism are just as capable of learning important life skills through early-intervention delivered in mainstream pre-schools as in specialized settings.

Over a period of three years, 44 children aged between 15 and 32 months were

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News-medical.net: Saliva-based RNA test could improve ability to accurately identify children with ASD

News-medical.net: Saliva-based RNA test could improve ability to accurately identify children with ASD

Newly published research shows that a saliva-based biomarker panel and associated algorithm could improve the ability to accurately identify children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in its earliest stages, announced Quadrant Biosciences Inc. In a study of more than 450 children ages 18 months to 6 years, researchers demonstrated that

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News-medical.net: Neuroscientists receive $16.75 million from BRAIN Initiative to decipher the brain's visual system

News-medical.net: Neuroscientists receive $16.75 million from BRAIN Initiative to decipher the brain's visual system

The BRAIN Initiative has awarded $16.75 million to a team of neuroscientists charged with deciphering the primary visual cortex, a few hundred million brain cells that play a key role in making sense of what the eye sees. This region is part of the brain’s cerebral cortex, the wrinkly outer

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News-medical.net: Toddlers with ASD display emotional vulnerabilities signaling risk for affective, behavioral problems

News-medical.net: Toddlers with ASD display emotional vulnerabilities signaling risk for affective, behavioral problems

At the time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be first reliably diagnosed, toddlers affected by ASD are already displaying emotional vulnerabilities potentially foreshadowing the emergence of co-morbid affective and behavioral conditions highly prevalent in older children, reports a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child

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News-medical.net: Engaging in musical activities can improve social communication skills of autistic children

News-medical.net: Engaging in musical activities can improve social communication skills of autistic children

Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children’s social communication skills, improve their family’s quality of life, as well as increase brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

The link between autism spectrum

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News-medical.net: NIH increases funding through the BRAIN Initiative

News-medical.net: NIH increases funding through the BRAIN Initiative

The National Institutes of Health announces funding of more than 200 new awards, totaling over $220 million, through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, an exciting trans-agency effort to arm researchers with revolutionary tools to fundamentally understand the neural circuits that underlie the healthy and diseased brain.

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News-medical.net: NeuroPointDX launches NPDX AA test to identify metabolic subtypes associated with autism

News-medical.net: NeuroPointDX launches NPDX AA test to identify metabolic subtypes associated with autism

NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, today announced the commercial launch of its NPDX AA test, which identifies metabolic subtypes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The blood plasma-based test, provided through NeuroPointDX’s CLIA-certified laboratory, may be used to screen children as young as 18 months. Children who receive

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News-medical.net: Doctors find no association between autism and drugs taken during pregnancy

News-medical.net: Doctors find no association between autism and drugs taken during pregnancy

A new study has found that babies in the womb who are exposed to medications that target neurotransmitters, including antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, are at no more risk of developing autism than babies who are not exposed to these drugs.

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However, the researchers did

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News-medical.net: Groundbreaking Khiron chip enables fast, accurate intra-tissue measurement

News-medical.net: Groundbreaking Khiron chip enables fast, accurate intra-tissue measurement

Oct 30 2018

A new gold standard for electrical measurement in the emerging in vitro world of three dimensional models. That’s what Swiss medtech 3Brain has established by partnering with CSEM. Its Khíron chip enables fast, accurate intra-tissue measurement and continuous nutrient and oxygen supply through all tissue layers for

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