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Tag: cortex

May 2018

Scans reveal sex difference in brain thinning during childhood

by  /  9 May 2018

Part of the brain’s outer layer thins too quickly with age in boys with autism, but not in girls with the condition.

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April 2018
Week of AprilApr
23rd
2018

New journal; organoid ethics; acetaminophen association and more

by  /  27 April 2018

A journal covering autism in adulthood makes its debut, researchers call for an ethical framework for human organoid studies, and the association between acetaminophen and autism risk comes under scrutiny.

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four brains sliced to show varying thickness

Genes altered in autism may control brain’s thickness

by  /  12 April 2018

Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.

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December 2017
Week of DecemberDec
4th
2017

Pruning protein; cultural connection; cannabis consent and more

by  /  8 December 2017

A pruning protein reshapes neurons, culture should be a consideration in trials of autism treatments, and another U.S. state adds autism to the list of indications for medical cannabis.

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November 2017
rat mother with rat pups

Researchers advance models of maternal antibody link to autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Sophisticated animal models — including a new rat model — are revealing how maternal antibodies contribute to autism risk.

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EEG caps, fNIRS

Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

by  /  13 November 2017

A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.

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Genes that regulate brain activity in people with autism (right) differ from those in controls (left).

Distinct set of genes controls brain activity in people with autism

by  /  12 November 2017

A different set of genes regulates brain activity in people with autism than the set involved in controls.

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Week of OctoberOct
30th
2017

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

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Brain bank slice of brain in lab

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
11th
2017

Maternal immunity; drug doubts; harassment scandal and more

by  /  15 September 2017

Two studies back the link between autism and maternal inflammation, other work weakens worry about antidepressant use in pregnancy, and a harassment scandal rocks a university’s cognitive science department.

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