Tag: fragile X syndrome

November 2017
Two mice sniffing one another.
News

Drug boosts social behavior in mice with deletion tied to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

A drug that has shown promise for treating fragile X syndrome may ease features of another condition associated with autism.

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October 2017
Brain scans of boys with fragile X syndrome fall into distinct groupings.
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Brain scans reveal subtypes of fragile X syndrome in boys

by  /  30 October 2017

Differences in brain structure may distinguish boys with relatively mild features of fragile X syndrome from those with a severe form of the condition.

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A room with two twin beds. A person sitting in one and a sheep sitting in the other.
News

Autism in fragile X syndrome tied to seizures, sleep problems

by  /  25 October 2017

In people with fragile X syndrome, autism is often accompanied by seizures, trouble falling or staying asleep and anxiety.

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Week of OctoberOct
2nd
2017
News / Spotted

Cannabis candidate; omega add-on; oxytocin control and more

by  /  6 October 2017

A cannabis gel may ease features of fragile X syndrome, omega fatty acids show promise for autism in two trials, and oxytocin reinforces social behaviors through the brain’s reward pathway.

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September 2017
Illustration of Protein factories at neuronal junctions
Opinion / Viewpoint

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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August 2017
Three white mice.
News

Social interactions shape gene expression in fragile X mice

by  /  16 August 2017

Mice missing FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, have an atypical brain response to meeting an unfamiliar mouse.

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Week of JulyJul
31st
2017
News / Spotted

Autism unsurprised; diagnostic camouflage; Neanderthal legacy and more

by  /  4 August 2017

People with autism aren’t easily surprised, the social camouflage some girls and women with autism use may preclude diagnosis, and autism-related genes are rooted deep in human ancestry.

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July 2017
News

Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice

by  /  3 July 2017

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes reverses behavioral and brain abnormalities in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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June 2017
News / Toolbox

Tube test tracks social behavior in mice

by  /  30 June 2017

Measuring how long a mouse cozies up with a cagemate in a tiny tube can help to detect social impairments in mice.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why it’s time to spin autism genes into drug screens

by  /  27 June 2017

Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.

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