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Mental Illness Suspect Genes Found To Be Among The Most Environmentally Responsive By NIH Study

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Medical News Today
Date Published: 
February 6, 2012
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For the first time, scientists have tracked the activity, across the lifespan, of an environmentally responsive regulatory mechanism that turns genes on and off in the brain's executive hub.

New Research Might Help Explain How a Gene Mutation Found in some Autistic Individuals Leads to Difficulties in Processing Auditory Cues and Paying Spatial Attention to Sound.

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 2, 2012
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New research from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) might help explain how a gene mutation found in some autistic individuals leads to difficulties in processing auditory cues and paying spatial attention to sound.

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: Finding May Have Implications for Rett Syndrome, Other Neurological Disorders

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 27, 2012
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Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that a molecule critical to the development and plasticity of nerve cells -- brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) -- is severely lacking in brainstem neurons in mutations leading to Rett syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder.

New Report Examines Autism Needs for Patients and Families in Pennsylvania

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Health News
Date Published: 
January 28, 2012
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Results were released yesterday from the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, which includes feedback from 3,500 Pennsylvania caregivers and adults with autism, making it the largest study of its kind in the nation.

In the Brain, Signs of Autism as Early as 6 Months Old

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 30, 2012
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Measuring brain activity in infants as young as six months may help to predict the future development of autism symptoms.

Concern Over Changes to Autism Criteria Unfounded, Says APA

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Medscape Today
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
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Concerns that proposed changes to autism criteria in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) will exclude many individuals from diagnosis and treatment are unfounded, says the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Scientists Link Evolved, Mutated Gene Module to Syndromic Autism

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Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 26, 2012
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A team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that newly discovered mutations in an evolved assembly of genes cause Joubert syndrome, a form of syndromic autism.

Adolescents with Autism Spend Free Time Using Solitary, Screen-based Media

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Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
January 25, 2012
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Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to be fascinated by screen-based technology. A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that adolescents with autism spend the majority of their free time using non-social media, including television and video-games.

New Research Suggests Birth Weight Plays A Role In Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 23, 2012
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Although the genetic basis of autism is now well established, a growing body of research also suggests that environmental factors may play a role. Using a unique study design, a new study suggests that low birth weight is an important environmental factor contributing to the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Automated Imaging Inroduced To Greatly Speed Whole-Brain Mapping Efforts

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
January 17, 2012
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A new technology developed by neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) transforms the way highly detailed anatomical images can be made of whole brains.