Tag: macrocephaly

June 2018
Week of JuneJun
News / Spotted

Oversold diets; big brains explained; tracking CRISPR and more

by  /  8 June 2018

Benefits of diets for autism features remain unproven, variants of the same DNA region make brains big or small, and STAT announces a new CRISPR tracker.


Growth spurt in head, skeleton mark autism in boys

by  /  6 June 2018

Boys with autism have smaller heads, are shorter and weigh less at birth than typical children do — but all that changes by age 3.

April 2018
extra neuronal connections may sprout from the amygdala, a brain region governing fear

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

by  /  6 April 2018

The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may be enlarged and overly connected in children with autism, but it shrinks as the children grow up.

January 2018
Neurons missing a part of chromosome 16 (left) are larger and have more branches than control neurons (middle); neurons with duplications of the region are small and sport short dendrites (right).

Lab-grown neurons showcase effects of autism mutations

by  /  15 January 2018

Neurons derived from people with mutations linked to autism display diverse abnormalities that may help explain the origins of these individuals’ features.

November 2017
Stem cells derived from an individual’s skin can become neurons with her unique genetic makeup.

Brain cells spun from skin point to subtypes of autism

by  /  12 November 2017

Neurons derived from people with a syndromic form of autism look and behave differently than do those from people with classic autism.

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October 2017
Grid of 8 portraits of children with characteristic facial features

Small head, speech delay characterize mutations in autism gene

by  /  16 October 2017

Children with mutations in a gene called DYRK1A, a leading autism candidate, have a distinct set of features, including intellectual disability, speech delay, motor problems and a small head.

Week of OctoberOct
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.

September 2017
Portrait of Eric Courchesne outside
News / Profiles

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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June 2017
Week of JuneJun
News / Spotted

Fever finding; neuronal cookbookery; CRISPR’d unicorns; mining 23andMe

by  /  16 June 2017

The evidence linking autism and maternal infections grows, special neuron recipes are in development, a CRISPR pioneer envisions unicorns, and 23andMe delivers empathy data.

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April 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

by  /  11 April 2017

A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.