Autism

Female protective effect: Researchers find clues to sex differences in autism
April 16, 2021
Researchers have found that autism may develop in different regions of the brain in girls than boys and that girls with autism have a larger number of genetic mutations than boys, suggesting that they require a larger 'genetic hit' to develop the disorder....
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Smell you later: Exposure to smells in early infancy can modulate adult behavior
April 13, 2021
The smells that newborn mice are exposed to affect many social behaviors later in life, but how this happens is still a mystery. Scientists have now discovered the molecules necessary for imprinting.
Autism gene study finds widespread impact to brain’s growth signaling network
April 8, 2021
A genetic mutation linked to autism causes significant undergrowth of brain tissue. An existing medicine appears to rescue the condition in mouse studies.
Key brain molecule may play role in many brain disorders
April 6, 2021
Scientists have identified a molecule called microRNA-29 as a powerful controller of brain maturation in mammals. Deleting microRNA-29 in mice caused problems very similar to those seen in autism, epilepsy, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. The results, published in Cell Reports, illuminate a...
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Gut microbiome plays role in autism, study finds
April 6, 2021
A new study has demonstrated that autism spectrum disorder is related to changes in the gut microbiome.
Newly discovered node in brain could expand understanding of dysfunctional social behavior
March 31, 2021
A group of scientists have discovered a node in the brains of male mice that modulates the sounds they make in social situations. This discovery could help identify similar locations in the human brain, and potentially lead to a better understanding of social disorders....
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DHA supplement may offset impact of maternal stress on unborn males
March 24, 2021
Researchers have uncovered possible reasons for male vulnerability in the womb, and they've learned a specific maternal dietary supplement called docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may guard against the impact of maternal stress on unborn males during early development....
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‘Zombie’ genes? Research shows some genes come to life in the brain after death
March 23, 2021
Researchers analyzed gene expression in fresh brain tissue and found that gene expression in some cells actually increased after death.
The astonishing self-organization skills of the brain
March 22, 2021
Uncovering how neural circuits achieve a balance between excitation and inhibition.
Adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently, study finds
March 12, 2021
Researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.
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