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Sciencedaily.com: Making the right connections

Sciencedaily.com: Making the right connections

Researchers at VIB and KU Leuven have uncovered a new molecular interaction that governs the formation of specific functional connections between two types of neurons. It gives an important clue as to how unique interactions give shape to precisely organized neuronal networks in the brain.

Pyramidal neurons are named after

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Sciencedaily.com: Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model

Sciencedaily.com: Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model

Children with autism often find social interactions awkward, leaving them isolated. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists report that they have discovered a first-of-its-kind compound that promotes social interaction among laboratory mice that display autistic traits. The finding could lead to the development of

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Sciencedaily.com: Rare genetic disorders more complex than thought

Sciencedaily.com: Rare genetic disorders more complex than thought

Researchers have found that the genetic causes of rare neurodevelopmental disorders vary more than previously thought. The study from Wellcome Sanger Institute scientists and their collaborators discovered that serious rare disorders can be affected by combinations of common genetic variants, rather than solely individual rare variants that damage single genes.

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Sciencedaily.com: Study of protein 'trafficker' provides insight into autism and other brain disorders

Sciencedaily.com: Study of protein 'trafficker' provides insight into autism and other brain disorders

In the brain, as in business, connections are everything. To maintain cellular associates, the outer surface of a neuron, its membrane, must express particular proteins — proverbial hands that reach out and greet nearby cells. And, like a creepily long handshake, surface molecules can overstay their welcome: A protein that

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Sciencedaily.com: Latest research hints at predicting autism risk for pregnant mothers

Sciencedaily.com: Latest research hints at predicting autism risk for pregnant mothers

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — led by Juergen Hahn, professor and head of biomedical engineering — are continuing to make remarkable progress with their research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A recent paper authored by Hahn and Jill James from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

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Sciencedaily.com: Scientists reveal drumming helps schoolchildren diagnosed with autism

Sciencedaily.com: Scientists reveal drumming helps schoolchildren diagnosed with autism

Drumming for 60 minutes a week can benefit children diagnosed with autism and supports learning at school, according to a new scientific study.

The project, led by the University of Chichester and University Centre Hartpury, showed students’ ability to follow their teachers’ instructions improved significantly and enhanced their social interactions

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Sciencedaily.com: The irresistible CCL17

Sciencedaily.com: The irresistible CCL17

The chemotactic protein CCL17 attracts immune cells to where they are currently needed. Doctors have long known: A high level of this substance in the body indicates an allergic reaction. A team of scientists led by the University of Bonn has now discovered a completely new function: CCL17 also influences

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Sciencedaily.com: Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients

Sciencedaily.com: Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients

Common genetic variants may underlie autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia across human populations, according to a study appearing September 11th in the journal Cell Reports. In line with previous studies in Caucasians, the researchers found that Japanese individuals with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia have overlapping copy number variations (CNVs)

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Sciencedaily.com: New biomarker panel could accelerate autism diagnoses

Sciencedaily.com: New biomarker panel could accelerate autism diagnoses

Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, these findings

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Sciencedaily.com: Rapid weight gain during infancy possible risk factor for later obesity in kids with autism

Sciencedaily.com: Rapid weight gain during infancy possible risk factor for later obesity in kids with autism

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern that can have a profound impact on children’s health and well-being. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have obesity compared to their peers with typical development, data show. Until recently, little has been known about why children with

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Sciencedaily.com: Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers

Sciencedaily.com: Study helps children hit the right note in supporting autistic peers

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports.

Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.

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Sciencedaily.com: New study explains why genetic mutations cause disease in some people but not in others

Sciencedaily.com: New study explains why genetic mutations cause disease in some people but not in others

Researchers at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) and Columbia University have uncovered a molecular mechanism behind one of biology’s long-standing mysteries: why individuals carrying identical gene mutations for a disease end up having varying severity or symptoms of the disease. In this widely acknowledged but not well understood phenomenon,

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Sciencedaily.com: Autism linked to egg cells' difficulty creating large proteins

Sciencedaily.com: Autism linked to egg cells' difficulty creating large proteins

New work from Carnegie’s Ethan Greenblatt and Allan Spradling reveals that the genetic factors underlying fragile X syndrome, and potentially other autism-related disorders, stem from defects in the cell’s ability to create unusually large protein structures. Their findings are published in Science.

Their work focuses on a gene called Fmr1.

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Sciencedaily.com: Key protein involved in the development of autism discovered

Sciencedaily.com: Key protein involved in the development of autism discovered

Most individuals with autism spectrum disorder cannot be distinguished by physical traits or by severe neurological symptoms. In fact, these cases can be identified only on the basis of certain behaviour, namely their obsessive focus on certain activities, and difficulties with social communications and interactions. Recent years have brought about

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