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Inflamed Support Cells Appear to Contribute to Some Kinds of Autism

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Modeling the interplay between neurons and astrocytes derived from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil, say innate inflammation in the latter appears to contribute to neuronal dysfunction in at least some forms of the disease.

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Wichita State Student Authors Children's Book About Autism

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Wichita State student Amy Lightfoot has authored a children's book titled "My Cousin Lili." The book is the real-life story about Lightfoot and how her cousin Lilian, who has autism spectrum disorder, inspired her to understand and love people with disabilities.

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Autism & Innovation Center Established to Help People with ASD Find Meaningful Work

Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find meaningful and gainful employment while enhancing local business innovation. That is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Autism & Innovation (VCAI). The new center brings together academic researchers, educators, employers, philanthropists and community organizers to address one of the biggest problems that individuals with ASD and their families face as they reach adulthood: How can they achieve financial independence and become contributing members of society? “Autism now represents one-and-a-half percent of the population,” said center director Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

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Whole Genome Sequencing Identifies New Genetic Signature for Autism

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An analysis of the complete genomes of 2,064 people reveals that multiple genetic variations could contribute to autism. The work suggests that scanning whole genomes may one day be useful for clinical diagnostics.

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Autism Prevalence and Socioeconomic Status: What’s the Connection?

Children living in neighborhoods where incomes are low and fewer adults have bachelor’s degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder compared to kids from more affluent neighborhoods.

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State Laws Requiring Autism Coverage by Private Insurers Led to Increases in Autism Care

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that the enactment of state laws mandating coverage of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was followed by sizeable increases in insurer-covered ASD care and associated spending.

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Genetic Body/Brain Connection, DNA Damage Reversed, Whole Brain Map, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

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Whitehead Institute, genetic deletions, Seizures, Hyperactivity, head size, obesity and autism, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Zebrafish, Chromosome 16

Genetic Body/Brain Connection Identified in Genomic Region Linked to Autism

For the first time, scientists have directly linked deletions in two genes in zebrafish and traits, such as seizures, hyperactivity, large head size, and increased fat content. Both genes are in a genome region linked to autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, seizures, and obesity in humans

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First Whole-Brain Map of Inhibitory Neurons Reveals Surprises

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Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have reported the first-ever quantitative whole-brain map of inhibitory neurons in the mouse brain.

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Tulane Univeristy, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia

Tulane Brain Institute Researchers Focus on Epilepsy, Autism and Schizophrenia

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Tulane University’s Laura Schrader, a cell and molecular biology professor and Brain Institute member, received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study the role of a Shox2, a protein in the brain important for development and function of the thalamus. Schrader is exploring Shox2’s potential link to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia.







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