Tag: metabolism

August 2019
News

Levels of brain chemicals may reflect severity of autism traits

by  /  19 August 2019

The levels of four chemicals in the brain may distinguish autism and vary with its severity, according to a new study.

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March 2019
News

Researchers pan blood test for autism as premature for clinical use

by  /  4 March 2019

Doctors can now order a blood test that its makers say may help flag autism, but experts say the test is not appropriate for use in clinics.

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September 2018
News

A blood test for autism? Not so fast, experts say

by  /  10 September 2018

A new study suggests that its results could lead to a simple test for autism, but statisticians say the test could not be used to screen for the condition in the general population.

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August 2018
Two scientists standing in a lab.
News / Profiles

Family ties: Sabatini brothers crack codes that may underlie autism

by  /  30 August 2018

David and Bernardo Sabatini, brothers born just a year and a half year apart, invent their way to answering big questions about autism.

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June 2018
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2018
News / Spotted

Cooperating brains; data confusion; homeopathy claims and more

by  /  1 June 2018

Cooperative problem-solving may have kept human brains small, researchers puzzle over new European online privacy rules, and Canadian officials counter unfounded claims of a cure for autism.

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January 2017
News

Rare form of autism linked to lack of key nutrient

by  /  5 January 2017

A mutation that prevents some amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, from entering the brain may lead to autism.

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November 2016
News

Diverse paths to autism may converge on shared cellular features

by  /  16 November 2016

Neural stem cells derived from boys with autism of unknown cause may share genetic, chemical and physical features absent in cells from their typical brothers.

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September 2016
News

Diabetes drug slows weight gain in some children with autism

by  /  28 September 2016

Metformin can reverse weight gain in children with autism who take antipsychotic medications.

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October 2015
Features / Deep Dive

Wide awake: Why children with autism struggle with sleep

by  /  7 October 2015

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour.

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September 2015
News / Toolbox

Tool tracks brainwaves, blood flow in moving rats

by  /  2 September 2015

A head-mounted device tracks both blood flow and electrical activity in the brains of moving rats.

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