Tag: motor skills

August 2015
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Remote control for rodent behavior dispenses drugs

by  /  19 August 2015

A new device lets researchers wirelessly stimulate the brains of rodents as they explore their cages, and can deliver drugs at the same time. Its use could identify brain circuits that mediate autism-like behaviors.

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July 2015
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Frayed nerve bundle may spur autism’s motor, social deficits

by  /  14 July 2015

A group of nerves at the base of the brain that govern movement appear to be structurally compromised in people with autism. The lower the integrity of these nerves, the more severe a person’s autism symptoms.

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June 2015
News

Diverse features found for autism-linked chromosome changes

by  /  29 June 2015

The first in-depth look at people with alterations in the 1q21.1 chromosomal region reveals a range of features, from problems with fine motor skills to autism.

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New technology gives voice to nonverbal people with autism

by  /  22 June 2015

A new service provides personalized voices for people who use speech-generating devices. The service, called VocaliD, could help the nearly 25 percent of children with autism who speak few to no words.

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May 2015
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Lopsided brain activity marks motor deficits in autism

by  /  15 May 2015

Uneven wiring in the brain’s motor circuitry predicts movement difficulties in children with autism, according to unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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What should define autism: deficits or abilities?

by  /  11 May 2015

The new diagnosis for intellectual disability emphasizes what children with the disorder can do rather than what they cannot. Some researchers are arguing for a similar ‘ability framework’ for autism.     

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March 2015
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Repurposed drugs may treat Angelman syndrome

by  /  19 March 2015

An acne drug, a dietary supplement and a failed sleeping aid each show promise for Angelman syndrome, according to unpublished results presented Tuesday at a meeting.

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February 2015
News

Gene networks offer entry point to unraveling autism

by  /  26 February 2015

By mapping the connections between autism genes, researchers are finding clues to the disorder’s origins. The key, they say, is to begin without bias.

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Timed cues create mini-cerebellum in culture

by  /  25 February 2015

Researchers can coax human stem cells to grow into layered structures that mimic the brain’s center for motor control, the cerebellum.

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January 2015
News

Surplus of synapses may stunt motor skills in autism

by  /  5 January 2015

An overabundance of neuronal connections in the brains of people with autism may contribute to the motor impairments associated with the disorder.
 

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