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Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

November 2018
Three columns of brain images show patterns of brain connections.
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Repetitive behaviors tied to brain activity patterns in toddlers

by  /  29 November 2018

Children who have repetitive behaviors, a core autism trait, may show particular patterns of brain activity as early as 1 year of age.

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Young children with autism may show brain-fluid buildup

by  /  19 November 2018

Autistic children aged 2 to 4 have about 15 percent more fluid between their skull and their brain than their typical peers do.

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Mouse brain atlas reveals details of developing cerebellum

by  /  16 November 2018

A new database displays gene-expression patterns in individual cells of the developing mouse cerebellum over time.

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Top autism gene may rewire brain by altering expression of other genes

by  /  15 November 2018

The autism gene TBR1 controls the expression of several other candidate genes that govern the architecture of the brain’s outer section.

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Cerebellum’s role in autism may depend on timing

by  /  12 November 2018

Two studies published in the past two months provide new clues to when and how the cerebellum contributes to autism.

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Neuron tag may shield synapses from brain’s pruning shears

by  /  12 November 2018

A protective molecular tag on neurons can prevent microglia, the brain’s immune cells, from trimming away their connections with other neurons.

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Delicate network of neurons and synapses.
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Webbing around neurons altered in autism mouse models

by  /  8 November 2018

Lattice-like structures that surround neurons may be overly abundant — or scarce — in brain regions of three autism mouse models.

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Drug duo delivers brain, behavioral benefits for fragile X syndrome

by  /  8 November 2018

Administering a cholesterol drug alongside an antibiotic eases atypical behavior and restores the signaling balance in the brains of people with fragile X syndrome.

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Toddle boy having his head measured in a medical setting.
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Brain organoid study firmly links autism mutations to RhoA

by  /  7 November 2018

A cellular pathway that helps neurons grow and move during fetal development may drive the changes in head size in some autistic people.

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Study tracks social brain development in African infants

by  /  7 November 2018

An inexpensive, noninvasive method can track social brain development in infants in low-resource countries.

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