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  • Scientists capture microglia's role in brain connectivity
    20 December 2010
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    Scientists are changing their minds about the role of microglia, the brain's strongest and most agile soldiers against damage and infection. In healthy brains, microglia help build and eliminate synapses, the junctions between neurons, according to a study published 2 November in PLoS Biology.
  • New technology advances studies of gait in autism
    16 December 2010
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    A three-dimensional motion-capture system developed for film animation has found subtle differences in hip and ankle movement in children with autism compared with typically developing controls.
  • Scientists create mouse models of chromosome 16 defects
    13 December 2010
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    Two independent groups have created mice that have deletions or duplications in a large section of chromosome 16. Each team has produced an animal with a different set of features, some of which — such as large head size and repetitive behaviors — are reminiscent of people with autism.
  • Calming neurons may ease apnea in Rett syndrome
    9 December 2010
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    A controversial new approach that quiets the activity of certain neurons in the brain alleviates breathing difficulties in a mouse model of Rett syndrome, according to a study published 4 October in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Flow of water in the brain fingers autism
    6 December 2010
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    An analysis of brain scans correctly distinguishes between people with autism and controls more than 90 percent of the time, according to a study published today in Autism Research.