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Tag: repetitive behavior

November 2017
jumping mouse in the wild
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Drug cocktail curbs repetitive jumping in mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.

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Microglia (white), the brain’s resident immune cells, have been implicated in autism.
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Maternal asthma alters immune cells in fetal brain

by  /  14 November 2017

Mouse pups exposed to an immune response in the womb show autism-like behaviors and altered gene expression in brain cells called microglia.

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white lab rat
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‘Fragile’ behaviors mar studies of popular autism mouse model

by  /  13 November 2017

Researchers should proceed with caution when studying the behavior of one of the most popular mouse models of autism: the fragile X mouse model.

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large adult hands holding small children's hands
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Soothing sensory sensitivity may ease social problems in mice

by  /  12 November 2017

A treatment delivered to neurons that mediate touch can ease anxiety and social problems in two mouse models of autism.

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October 2017
Boy standing gazing up at building anxiously.
Features / Deep Dive

Unmasking anxiety in autism

by  /  4 October 2017

Anxiety can assume unusual forms in people with autism — turning uncertainty, or even a striped couch, into a constant worry. New tools may help identify these hidden fears.

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September 2017
Features / Deep Dive

A ‘cure’ for autism at any cost

by  /  20 September 2017

Scores of parents abandon mainstream autism treatments to pursue Son-Rise, an intense, expensive — and unproven — behavioral therapy.

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Fever eases behavioral problems in some children with autism

by  /  18 September 2017

About 17 percent of children with autism are calmer and more communicative than usual when they have a fever.

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August 2017
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Mice made with CRISPR usher in new era of autism research

by  /  7 August 2017

Researchers have debuted two mouse models of autism made using the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Both strains lack one copy of CHD8, a gene with strong ties to autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Tendency to ‘freeze’ may be measurable feature of autism

by ,  /  1 August 2017

Many adolescents with autism experience catatonia, a quantifiable decline in motor ability.

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July 2017
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Anxiety, seizures mark mice with extra copy of autism gene

by  /  31 July 2017

Mice with an extra copy of UBE3A, a gene linked to autism, have learning problems and anxiety, and are prone to seizures and fine-motor problems.

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