A drug that blocks a type of receptor at the junctions between neurons reverses repetitive behaviors in a mouse model of autism, according to a new study.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.
Some forms of autism are caused by too many proteins at the synapse, the junction between neurons, whereas other forms result from too few, according to a study published 23 November in Nature.
The brain abnormalities characteristic of tuberous sclerosis may begin early in development and involve malfunctioning of neuronal precursors, according to studies of two different mouse models of the disorder published in October.
Researchers have derived neurons from stem cells to investigate mutations that lead to Rett and fragile X syndromes.
Researchers have identified a compound that shows promise as a treatment for Angelman syndrome, a developmental disorder related to autism. The unpublished results were presented Tuesday at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
A small fraction of young children with autism have low levels of folate, a B vitamin, in their cerebrospinal fluid, according to unpublished research presented at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Social cognition tests using videos of actors performing emotional expressions and scenes can measure subtle impairments characteristic of high-functioning people with autism, according to unpublished research presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Tweaking a common test of spatial reasoning could help people with autism build social skills, according to unpublished research presented Monday at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.