Tag: autism

March 2008
Opinion

Cumulative effects

by  /  27 March 2008

Itʼs been clear for decades that there is no one gene that causes schizophrenia. Rather than being result of any one mutation, it turns out that schizophrenia is the unfortunate outcome of many different deletions and duplications that cause the developing brain to go awry.

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News

Restless sleep marks autism disorders

by  /  27 March 2008

For parents of children with autism, bedtime can be a boondoggle.

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News

Unraveling mitochondria’s mysterious link to autism

by  /  24 March 2008

In the past two weeks, autism researchers and advocacy groups have been agog with news that autism could be linked to an extremely rare group of metabolic diseases.

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Opinion

The many degrees of Rett

by  /  21 March 2008

There has been a flurry lately of papers identifying genes that might be important in autism. But what effect do mutations in these genes have clinically?

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Opinion

New model mice

by  /  20 March 2008

A new mouse model of autism shows many of the symptoms associated with autism, including problems socializing with peers and repetitive behavior, according to a new study published in the March issue of Behavioral Brain Research.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

1977 paper on the first autism twin study

by ,  /  19 March 2008

Autism is caused by poor parenting, particularly by ‘frigid’ mothers who reject their children. Such a statement would seem bizarre today. But 30 years ago parents, especially mothers, were blamed for their childrenʼs autism. But then in 1977, one study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, single-handedly turned the field around to recognize the importance of genetics.

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News

The case for copy number variations in autism

by  /  17 March 2008

Following a series of papers in the past two years, what seems irrefutable is that copy number variations ― in which a particular stretch of DNA is either deleted or duplicated ― are important in autism.

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Opinion

Mapping the human brain

by  /  14 March 2008

The human brain is inarguably the most complex system that has ever faced the er, human brain.

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Opinion

A fix for fragile X

by  /  14 March 2008

The first robust assay to screen drugs for fragile X syndrome has yielded several promising candidates that seem to reverse the symptoms of the disease.

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News

Research clarifies serotonin’s link to autism

by  /  13 March 2008

Serotonin is most commonly talked about in association with depression and anxiety. But for nearly 50 years, hyperserotonemia ― an elevated level of blood serotonin ― has been noted in roughly a third of autism cases.

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