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Tag: brain imaging

July 2018
Four brains showing some regions yellow and some blue.

Brains of children with autism show unusual folding patterns

by  /  9 July 2018

The brains of children with autism fold differently than those of typical peers, but the exact differences depend on location and age.

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neurons glow red or green, indicating how they work to control movements in mice

Tube of light illuminates groups of neurons in action

by  /  6 July 2018

Shining laser light into mouse brains reveals chatter among separate sets of neurons, showing how the cells produce complex behaviors.

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June 2018
Week of JuneJun
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2018

Smart genes; Neanderthal mini-brains; diabetes link and more

by  /  29 June 2018

Autism and intelligence share genetic variants, researchers grow Neanderthal mini-brains and see overlap with autism, and maternal diabetes is an autism risk factor.

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Illustration of person looking at a car, with a window into their brain activity.

Despite dearth of data, firms sell brain training as autism antidote

by  /  28 June 2018

Many clinics offer neurofeedback as a therapy for autism, despite little scientific support for the technique.

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How separating children from parents causes irreparable harm

by  /  26 June 2018

Science teaches us that housing children in institution-like settings is likely to cause severe and permanent damage to their minds and bodies.

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Week of JuneJun
18th
2018

New health handbook; evidence imbalance; social motivation and more

by  /  22 June 2018

The latest manual of international disease codes is out, a franchise claims to have an autism cure, and two reports diverge on the validity of the social-motivation hypothesis.

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eight brains with various sections highlighted

Chromosome 16 deletion miswires brain in people, mice

by  /  12 June 2018

Mice and people missing a copy of a chromosomal region called 16p11.2 show similar patterns of weak brain connections.

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Autism brains show widespread alterations in structure

by  /  4 June 2018

The brains of people with autism show a variety of structural differences from those of controls.

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May 2018

Inflammation in mother tied to child’s brain function, behavior

by  /  31 May 2018

Brain networks in newborns may reflect the degree of inflammation their mothers experienced during pregnancy.

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Various colored mouse brain sections.

Imaging approaches expand view into brain’s complexity

by  /  25 May 2018

Four new imaging techniques published over the past few months enable researchers to easily visualize cells and other features in tissue slices and living brains.

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