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Society for Neuroscience 2013

November 2013
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Guinea pigs enter rat race for autism models

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Guinea pigs have advantages over other rodent species commonly used to model disorders such as autism, according to preliminary research published Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Training normalizes imaging patterns in autism brains

by  /  13 November 2013

A ‘neurofeedback’ training program featuring movies and video games may help erase certain abnormalities seen in brain scans of boys with autism, according to research presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Existing drugs could treat Rett syndrome, studies suggest

by  /  13 November 2013

Rett syndrome affects many cellular pathways, but correcting just one of these with drugs approved for other purposes may be enough to alleviate symptoms of the disorder. This was the message from two presentations Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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For mice, mating is a dialogue between sexes

by  /  13 November 2013

A new tracking system allows researchers to pinpoint which of four mice is ‘talking’ as they mingle freely in a cage. The setup, presented Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, shows that male mice don’t do all the talking, as was previously thought.

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Jittery limb movements may predict autism subgroups

by  /  13 November 2013

Tiny fluctuations in the limb movements of children with autism can predict the severity of their condition and track their response to treatments, according to two unpublished studies presented at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Loss of language gene enhances pitch discrimination in mice

by  /  12 November 2013

Mice lacking the autism-linked gene CNTNAP2 process sounds more slowly than control mice do but are better at discriminating between tones. The unpublished research was presented Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Diet and drug alleviate symptoms in autism rat models

by  /  12 November 2013

Two studies in autism rat models suggest that a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet and an unapproved drug for dementia may improve some symptoms of the disorder, according to unpublished results presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Williams syndrome reverses patterns of neuronal branching

by  /  12 November 2013

The branching patterns of excitatory neurons in people with Williams syndrome are roughly the opposite of the patterns seen normally, according to unpublished results from a small study presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Gut problems in autism may stem from neuronal connections

by  /  12 November 2013

Researchers have shown for the first time that glitches in a gene expressed at junctions between neurons can cause gut problems in mice. The unpublished results were presented Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Resting-state maps bridge mouse models, humans

by  /  12 November 2013

Researchers have produced images of connectivity during resting-state activation, which occurs while individuals are resting quietly in a scanner, in mouse brains. The new technique was presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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