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Tag: Purkinje cells

March 2020
Illustration showing the human brain with neurons made out of flower shapes and the cerebellum highlighted in gold and yellow.
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Brain’s motor hub plays unsung role in social skills, cognition

by  /  9 March 2020

Long known as the director of movement, the cerebellum may also coordinate social and cognitive abilities, including those central to autism.

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February 2018
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2018
News / Spotted

Fake autism claim; knocking out anesthesia; haunting milestone and more

by  /  23 February 2018

Despite social media rumors, a British children’s television show does not cause autism; childhood anesthesia is not tied to autism risk; and an adult on the spectrum reaches a haunting milestone

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December 2017
four brains with the RCrusl section highlighted
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Study of cerebellum’s role in autism homes in on ‘social’ region

by  /  18 December 2017

New evidence from both people and mice points to a part of the cerebellum that helps process social information as being critical in autism.

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February 2015
News / Toolbox

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
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Autism gene acts as ‘switch’ for brain development genes

by  /  8 January 2015

The autism-linked gene AUTS2 activates a group of genes that may be important for early brain development. The findings, published 18 December in Nature, hint at AUTS2’s potential role in autism and other developmental disorders.

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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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November 2014
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Treatment prevents autism-like symptoms in ‘teenage’ mice

by  /  16 November 2014

A treatment that targets the genetic defect in tuberous sclerosis prevents autism-like symptoms in mice at 6 weeks of age — the mouse equivalent of adolescence. Researchers presented the unpublished results yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
 

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April 2014
Opinion / Viewpoint

The cerebellum’s surprisingly evolved role in autism

by  /  1 April 2014

Thought until recently to only coordinate motor skills, the cerebellum is involved in diverse cognitive functions such as language and social interaction, and may play a role in autism, says Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom.

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January 2014
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Mounting evidence implicates cerebellum in autism

by  /  6 January 2014

Results from four studies published in the past year point to a role for the cerebellum in autism-related behaviors.

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January 2013
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Study fingers cause of motor problems in Angelman syndrome

by  /  28 January 2013

A net decrease in inhibitory signals in the cerebellum may underlie the movement problems seen in the autism-related disorder Angelman syndrome, according to mouse research published 5 December in Science Translational Medicine.

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