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Drugs That Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

Researchers at SUNY Downstate recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Drugs that selectively target these receptors, when administered during adolescence, can alter synapse number, with possible implications for the treatment of autism and schizophrenia.

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University of Missouri Thompson Center Recruiting Children, Adults with Autism for Landmark Genetic Study

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University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders already has enrolled 2,500 individuals with autism and their family members in the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) project, the nation’s largest autism study, but researchers are continuing to search for more participants.

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Placenta Provides Time Capsule for Autism Studies

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In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that placental tissue can provide critical information about the epigenetic landscape that influences fetal development.

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New UAB Program Offers Special Needs Training Online for Law Enforcement

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REACT is a unique public-private partnership created to align law enforcement and special needs communities to improve safety.

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Max Wiznitzer, MD, Autism Expert, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Available for Comment on Nature Autism Study

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Max Wiznitzer, MD, has a longstanding interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism.

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Fragile X Syndrome, Steven Tyler's Janie's Fund Wins Big, Untreated Water Making Our Kids Sick, and More in the Children's Health News Source

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Kennesaw State University Scientists Conducting Cutting-Edge Research

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Two Kennesaw State University scientists have received a total of $737,364 in National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants for developmental biology research into autism and birth defects.

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Autism Center at Rush Seeking Participants for Social Skills Study

Chicagoland families and providers with children on the autism spectrum are invited to enroll in a groundbreaking social skills study. The Autism Center at Rush University Medical Center is actively recruiting children ages 8-11 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to participate in a study evaluating how behavioral therapy and the hormone oxytocin can enhance social thinking skills.

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Measurements in Baby's First Year May Point to Autism Risk

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For the first time, researchers have identified before age one which high-risk infants are likely to develop autism. The multicenter study focused on infants who have older siblings with autism spectrum disorder. If replicated, the findings, based on brain MRIs, could set the stage for earlier treatments and better long-term outcomes for these children.

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Researchers Use MRIs to Predict Which High-Risk Babies Will Develop Autism as Toddlers

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent of those infants who would later meet criteria for autism at two years of age.

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Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy

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By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, scientists were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age.

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Parenting Significantly Impacts Development of Children with Fragile X Syndrome

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A longitudinal study of children with Fragile X Syndrome, the leading genetic cause of autism, and their mothers found that sustained maternal responsivity had a significant positive impact on the children's development, even mitigating declines often reported in middle childhood.

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Researchers Identify New Cause of Brain Defects in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway that inhibits the myelination of neurons in the brains of patients with the rare genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The study, “Neuronal CTGF/CCN2 negatively regulates myelination in a mouse model of tuberous sclerosis complex,” which will be published online February 9 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggests new ways to treat some of the neurological symptoms associated with TSC, including autism and epilepsy.

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Federal Equity Law Has Increased Use of Services for Autism Without Raising Out-of-Pocket Costs

A federal law aimed at requiring equal insurance benefits for both physical and mental health care has increased the use of services by children with autism spectrum disorder without increasing the out-of-pocket costs to their families, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.

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Medicaid Waivers Help Parents of Children with Autism Stay in the Workforce

Medicaid waivers that improve access to home and community-based services for children with autism also help their parents keep their jobs, according to research from Penn State College of Medicine and collaborators.

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Photo Gallery: USC Stevens Hall Installs the First Next-Generation 7T MRI Machine in North America

Photo Gallery: Magnet the Weight of 30 Elephants Lowered Through Roof of USC Stevens Hall for Next-Gen 7T MRI Machine

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Clear Communication Can Make Doctor Visits Successful for Children with Autism

Doctor visits can be a challenge for patients with autism, their families and health care providers. Kristin Sohl, associate professor of child health at the University of Missouri, offers several steps providers and families can take to make medical visits more successful. She says that all of them require good communication between the provider and parent before, during and after medical visits.

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Child Health Institute of New Jersey Awarded $5 Million Grant From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Child Health Institute of New Jersey has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which will expand and enhance its core mission to improve children’s health through the scientific study of pediatric illnesses, including asthma, type 1 diabetes and autism.

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Adults with Autism See Interests as Strengths, Career Paths

Adults on the autism spectrum see their interests as possible fields of study and career paths, as well as ways to mitigate anxiety, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.







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