Tag: macrocephaly

November 2013
News

Close look at autism-linked region reveals complex biology

by  /  27 November 2013

Deletion and duplication of the 16p11.2 chromosomal region have opposite effects on brain size, but produce similar alterations in the brain’s processing of sound. Researchers reported these and other unpublished findings at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, painting a complex picture of the region’s role in autism.

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News

SfN 2013 comes to a close

by  /  18 November 2013

A packed week of research at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego brought a flurry of breaking news and a creative combination of emerging research tools.

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News

Neurons made from people with autism show distinct markers

by  /  12 November 2013

Researchers have created neurons from the skin cells of children with autism, according to an unpublished study presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. These neurons show several distinct features, including elevated markers of inhibitory signaling.

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News

Study traces link between social behavior, brain overgrowth

by  /  11 November 2013

Social difficulties and early overgrowth of the brain are trademarks of autism, yet a direct connection between the two has been elusive. One group of researchers may have found a link between the two symptoms and a way to treat both at once, they reported Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.
 

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October 2013
News / Profiles

Elliott Sherr: Coaching teams to tackle autism’s mysteries

by  /  10 October 2013

Elliott Sherr is unraveling the effects of genetics and brain structure in a handful of disparate disorders that each illuminates some aspect of autism.

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August 2013
News

In autism, head and body size varies with gender

by  /  29 August 2013

Girls with autism tend to have smaller heads and bodies than their typically developing peers, whereas boys with the disorder tend to have average-sized heads and slightly larger bodies, report two studies published in July.

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July 2013
News

Excess brain fluid in infants may be early sign of autism

by  /  18 July 2013

Infants who go on to develop autism have excess fluid between the top of the brain and the skull that persists from about 6 months to 2 years of age, according to a study published 9 July in Brain.

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Opinion

Is it time to rethink head size?

by  /  1 July 2013

A new analysis challenges the long-reported correlation between autism and abnormally large head circumference, begging the question: Should head size matter?

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June 2013
News

Study questions large head size in autism

by  /  20 June 2013

Two new studies raise questions about one of the most frequently reported biological signatures of autism: a larger-than-normal head.

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May 2013
News

Clinical research: Neurexin-1 deletions add to autism risk

by  /  24 May 2013

Deletions in neurexin-1, a candidate gene for autism, may cause intellectual disability, speech delays, seizures, poor muscle tone and unusual facial features, according to two studies published in the past two months.

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