Posts Tagged 'autism'

Diuretic Drug Could Help Treat Autism


The drug bumetanide, which has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, has now shown some promise in a small clinical trial for autism spectrum disorder. The drug reduced the overall severity of behavioral symptoms after 3 months of daily treatment.

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Scientists Reverse Autism Symptoms in Mice


A newly published paper describes two ways of reversing autism-like symptoms in a new mouse model of the condition.

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Hereditary Form of Autism May Be Treatable with Nutritional Supplements


A rare form of hereditary autism has been discovered and scientists think that it may be treatable with protein supplements since it is linked to an amino-acid deficiency. The genome sequencing of six children with autism revealed mutations in a gene that stops several amino acids from being depleted. Mice lacking this gene developed neurological problems, related to autism spectrum disorder, which can be reversed by dietary changes.

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Genome Study Links Paternal Age to Conditions Such As Autism


J.B.S. Haldane proposed in the 1930s that children might inherit more mutations from their fathers than their mothers. This year, thanks to whole-genome sequencing of dozens of Icelandic families, it has been proven that the age at which a father sires children determines how many mutations those offspring actually inherit.

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Microglia Are Crucial to Pruning Neurons During Early Development


Microglia are brain cells, who’s spider-like resting state was somewhat mysterious until Axel Nimmerjahn, biophysicist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, began to try and figure out what exactly they did. Microglia are part of the immune system and are particularly sensitive.

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Rett Syndrome Could be Reversed by Bone-marrow Transplant


Molecular genetics of Rett syndrome: when DNA methylation goes unrecognized

Rett syndrome, a severe autism spectrum disorder, which affects roughly 1 girl in 10,000 to 20,000 worldwide, could be reversed by a bone-marrow transplant.

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Empathy and Yawn Contagion

Primatologist Frans de Waal gives his opinion on empathy, and the lack of it. (via 3qd)

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