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Tag: tuberous sclerosis

March 2018
A mouse model of tuberous sclerosis (right) shows less protein synthesis in the brain than a control (left).

Shortage of proteins upends theory of tuberous sclerosis origins

by  /  14 March 2018

Mice with the mutations linked to tuberous sclerosis make too little protein in their brains — a finding that contradicts a leading theory about the condition.

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February 2018
Week of FebruaryFeb
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2018

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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January 2018
group of rats on wood chips

Drug in trials for one autism-linked condition may worsen another

by  /  26 January 2018

The drug rapamycin, which is in clinical trials as a treatment for tuberous sclerosis, may exacerbate features of fragile X syndrome, another condition related to autism.

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Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.

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November 2017
Mice missing the tuberous sclerosis gene in astrocytes have frequent seizures.

Cancer drug wards off seizures in mouse model of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  13 November 2017

A drug called rapamycin prevents seizures in a mouse model of the autism-related condition tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Autism may disrupt the body’s circadian clock

by  /  13 November 2017

Sleep problems in autism may stem from the same biological changes that underlie the core features of the condition.

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September 2017
Illustration of Protein factories at neuronal junctions

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.

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August 2017
Illustration of baby with an EEG cap.

Can an epilepsy drug prevent autism features?

by  /  29 August 2017

An epilepsy drug may prevent seizures in infants with tuberous sclerosis and alleviate their autism features, says Martina Bebin.

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July 2017
Week of JulyJul
17th
2017

Valproate ban; hearing voices; adult autism and more

by  /  21 July 2017

A movement to ban valproate during pregnancy gains a foothold in France, people with auditory hallucinations seek to demedicalize the experience, and adults on the spectrum speak out.

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June 2017

Early seizures linked to severe form of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  29 June 2017

Children with tuberous sclerosis who have seizures as infants are particularly likely to also have developmental delay and autism features.

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