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In stress hormone regulation, maturing brain flips function of amygdala

23 August 2014 | 7:00 am

In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have found that the amygdala has an...

Children with autism 'have too many synapses in their brain'

22 August 2014 | 3:00 pm

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, find that children with autism have excess synapses in their brain, which impacts brain function.

Algorithm developed to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD

19 August 2014 | 8:00 am

With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health.

How information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness

19 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal...

Sexual victimization a greater risk for adults with autism

19 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization than adults without, due to lack of sex education, but with improved interventions that focus on sexual knowledge and skill building...

Brain 'switchboard' identified that is important in attention and sleep, suggests new targets for treating psychiatric disorders

18 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard,"...

Protein implicated in Alzheimer's disease has important treatment potential in genetic form of epilepsy

16 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have shown that reducing brain levels of the protein tau effectively blocks the development of disease in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome, a severe...

Autism interventions should focus on identifying and harnessing the autistic child's strengths

14 August 2014 | 7:00 am

An analysis of autism research covering genetics, brain imaging, and cognition led by Laurent Mottron of the University of Montreal has overhauled our understanding of why autism potentially occurs...

Patients with autism spectrum disorder are not sensitive to 'being imitated'

7 August 2014 | 8:00 am

A Japanese research group led by Prof Norihiro Sadato, a professor of the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS), National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), has found that people...

In children with autism, blood-oxytocin levels found to be in normal range

6 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Autism does not appear to be solely caused by a deficiency of oxytocin, but the hormone's universal ability to boost social function may prove useful in treating a subset of children with the...

Scientists unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism

4 August 2014 | 8:00 am

The insular cortex is an integral "hub", combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content.

Timing of neuronal generation is linked to how neurons achieve specific brain wiring

4 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have evidence suggesting that neurons in the developing brains of mice are guided by a simple but elegant birth order rule...

Biomedical discoveries accelerated by see-through organs and bodies

4 August 2014 | 7:00 am

The ability to see through organs and even the entire body to visualize long-range connections between cells as well as fine-grained cellular structures has been a long-time dream of biologists.

Children with sensory processing disorders and autism have measureable brain differences

1 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism...

Adaptive behavior important in inherited intellectual disability syndrome

1 August 2014 | 7:00 am

Standard scores measuring "adaptive behavior" in boys with fragile X syndrome tend to decline during childhood and adolescence, the largest longitudinal study of the inherited disorder to date has...

The autistic brain found to be less flexible at taking on tasks

31 July 2014 | 7:00 am

The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Little-known supportive cells, astrocytes, essential for memory

31 July 2014 | 7:00 am

When you're expecting something - like the meal you've ordered at a restaurant - or when something captures your interest, unique electrical rhythms sweep through your brain.

Peers with strong language skills help preschoolers with special needs

30 July 2014 | 8:00 am

The guiding philosophy for educating children with disabilities has been to integrate them as much as possible into a normal classroom environment, with the hope that peers' skills will help bring...

Research suggests early warning sign for babies at risk of autism

29 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Some babies are at risk for autism because they have an older sibling that has the disorder.

Protein once seen as a promising anti-cancer compound helps to stabilize neural circuits

28 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered that endostatin, a protein that once aroused intense interest as a possible cancer treatment, plays a key role in the stable functioning of the...

Deleting enzyme favorably impacts behaviors associated with Fragile X syndrome

26 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder that causes obsessive-compulsive and repetitive behaviors, and other behaviors on the autistic spectrum, as well as cognitive deficits.

Peer-led intervention helps mothers of children with autism

24 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new findings released in the...

First diagnostic criteria for Christianson syndrome

23 July 2014 | 8:00 am

A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and...

Two-way interaction between neurons and astrocytes plays an important role in the processes of learning and memory

22 July 2014 | 7:00 am

Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorise. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured.

Autism risk is 'mostly genetic,' according to statistical analysis

21 July 2014 | 3:00 pm

The largest ever study into the heritability of autism finds that nearly 60% of autism risk is genetic. Also, these genes are mostly common among the general population.