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Tag: repetitive behavior

July 2014
News

Mouse study nails neurons that trigger repetitive behavior

by  /  10 July 2014

A “beautiful” new study traces a complex repetitive behavior in a mouse model of autism to a subset of neurons in one brain region.

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Opinion

Wealthy nations dole out big doses of autism drugs

by  /  8 July 2014

Doctors in European countries prescribe more medications to people with autism than do doctors in Asian countries, reports a study of 30 countries, published 3 June in Autism Research.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Robert Malenka discusses reward’s role in autism

23 July 2014

Watch the complete replay of Robert Malenka’s webinar on the molecular underpinnings of social reward.

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June 2014
News

Clinical research: Down syndrome, autism often coexist

by  /  27 June 2014

Nearly 40 percent of people with Down syndrome also meet the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder, suggests a U.K. study of nearly 500 children, published in Autism Research.

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News

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X gene tied to cocaine effects

by  /  24 June 2014

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome is necessary for mice to respond to the stimulant cocaine, according to a study published 7 May in Neuron.

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News

Drug for sleeping sickness eases autism symptoms in mice

by  /  23 June 2014

A single dose of a drug used to treat African sleeping sickness temporarily improves symptoms of autism in a mouse model, according to a study published last week in Translational Psychiatry.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Motor deficits match autism severity

by  /  20 June 2014

The severity of core autism symptoms in young children goes hand in hand with the degree of the children’s difficulty with motor tasks.
 

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to evaluate new medications for autism

by  /  10 June 2014

There are no available medications for treating autism’s core symptoms, but there are several candidates in clinical trials. Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele describes the factors researchers must take into account when developing drugs for the disorder.

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News

For autism research, rats may be new top model

by  /  9 June 2014

Two new rat models of autism don’t roughhouse like normal rats do, and show some compulsive behaviors, according to a study published in April in Behavioral Neuroscience. The models underscore the advantage rats have over mice in modeling complex social behaviors. 

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News

Cognition and behavior: Seizures may spark social deficits

by  /  6 June 2014

Inducing seizures in young mice leads to autism-like social behavior, as well as problems with learning and memory, according to a paper published 29 March in Experimental Neurology.

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