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Society for Neuroscience 2013

November 2013
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Language areas of the brain activate differently in autism

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Brain regions that help people process grammar and remember the sounds of words are less active in children with autism than in controls, according to unpublished results presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Results of 16p11.2 study show promise for autism biomarker

by  /  12 November 2013

The level of activity of a cellular signaling pathway correlates with the degree of social and cognitive impairments in children with an autism-linked genetic abnormality, according to unpublished research presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Study spells caution for bone marrow transplants for Rett

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Bone marrow transplants, which have been shown to arrest symptoms of Rett syndrome in young mice, have little effect on older mice, according to preliminary results presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. The findings suggest that this approach may not be a viable treatment for those who already have symptoms of the disorder.

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Blinking mice map cerebellum’s role in autism

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An eye test that reveals defects in the cerebellum — a brain region that integrates sensory information to fine-tune movement — may help researchers home in on the brain circuits disrupted in autism, according to unpublished findings presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Neurons made from people with autism show distinct markers

by  /  12 November 2013

Researchers have created neurons from the skin cells of children with autism, according to an unpublished study presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. These neurons show several distinct features, including elevated markers of inhibitory signaling.

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Over time, oxytocin puts prairie voles at disadvantage

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Long-term treatment with oxytocin impairs prairie voles’ ability to produce the hormone on their own, according to unpublished results presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Hormone reverses autism-like features in mouse model

by  /  11 November 2013

Insulin-like growth factor 2, a hormone involved in fetal growth, reverses abnormal social behaviors, repetitive behaviors and memory impairments in BTBR mice, a popular model of autism. The unpublished results were presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Study traces link between social behavior, brain overgrowth

by  /  11 November 2013

Social difficulties and early overgrowth of the brain are trademarks of autism, yet a direct connection between the two has been elusive. One group of researchers may have found a link between the two symptoms and a way to treat both at once, they reported Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.
 

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Gender affects nerve fiber integrity in tuberous sclerosis

by  /  11 November 2013

Boys with tuberous sclerosis complex, an autism-related disorder, have more disorganized nerve fibers in some regions of the brain than do girls with the disorder, according to unpublished work presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Drug improves social, cognitive skills in people with autism

by  /  11 November 2013

The drug propranolol improves social behavior and cognition in teenagers and young adults with autism, suggest results from a small trial presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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