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A selection of stories from major news organisations and sites specialising in Autism and related subjects.

News-medical.net: Scientists unveil pathology underlying optic nerve hypoplasia in children

News-medical.net: Scientists unveil pathology underlying optic nerve hypoplasia in children

November 16, 2017

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have revealed the pathology of cells and structures stricken by optic nerve hypoplasia, a leading cause of childhood blindness in developed nations.

The discovery in a rodent model may provide insight into what happens in the visual systems

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Spectrumnews.org: Takeaways from SfN 2017

Spectrumnews.org: Takeaways from SfN 2017

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Over the past five days, attendees of the 47thannual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in Washington, D.C., consumed the content of thousands of posters, symposiums, presentations — and, by the looks of it, innumerous cups of coffee.

And now the 30,000-odd neuroscientists

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Indiatimes.com: Autism therapy at private centres too brought under CM's insurance

Indiatimes.com: Autism therapy at private centres too brought under CM's insurance

Trichy: Therapy for autism will be free of cost in private centres as it has been included under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) in Tamil Nadu.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) leaves affected patients with impaired social interaction and communication skills.

Considering the children being impaired due to the

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Spectrumnews.org: Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

Spectrumnews.org: Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

Father figures: Studying men with an autoimmune condition may point to genetic contributions to autism risk in their children.

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Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of having a child with autism, according to a large study based on medical records from Denmark1. By linking

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Spectrumnews.org: Compound lets scientists see deep inside brains of living mice

Spectrumnews.org: Compound lets scientists see deep inside brains of living mice

Up close: Creating clear images of neurons in living animals may require clever chemistry.

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A chemical that doctors use to create contrast on X-rays yields clear images of neurons in the brains of living mice, according to unpublished findings presented Tuesday at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience

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Spectrumnews.org: Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

Spectrumnews.org: Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

Mysterious microglia: Scientists are only beginning to learn how brain cells called microglia change during development.

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

The findings pave the way toward a better understanding of these cells and their role

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Spectrumnews.org: Lab tests may pick up sensory sensitivity in autism

Spectrumnews.org: Lab tests may pick up sensory sensitivity in autism

Bad dub: A speech illusion can reveal a difficulty with matching sights and sounds.

A person’s ability to distinguish similar syllables by sight and sound correlates with how sensitive she is to sensory stimuli, according to unpublished results presented today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington,

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Spectrumnews.org: Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

Spectrumnews.org: Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

Social squeeze: Oxytocin and vasopressin may affect the social behavior of males and females differently.

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

Researchers presented the unpublished findings today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington,

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Spectrumnews.org: In autism, food quirks show up in social brain areas

Spectrumnews.org: In autism, food quirks show up in social brain areas

Fraught food: Many children with autism are picky eaters, though it’s unclear why.

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

The results suggest that taste sensitivity

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Spectrumnews.org: Billions of neuronal junctions make up new 'synaptome' map

Spectrumnews.org: Billions of neuronal junctions make up new 'synaptome' map

Mind the gap: Abnormalities in proteins at synapses are implicated in autism.

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Researchers have charted billions of synapses in the mouse brain and sorted them by type, according to unpublished findings presented today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

They

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Spectrumnews.org: Technology from 'Harry Potter' movies brings brain into focus

Spectrumnews.org: Technology from 'Harry Potter' movies brings brain into focus

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

Two projects presented yesterday at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., gave attendees a sampling of what these powerful technologies can do.

“These are

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