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  • 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.
  • Defects in mitochondria linked to autism
    3 December 2010
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    Cells drawn from a small sample of children with autism show defects in the functioning of their mitochondria — structures that produce energy to power cellular functions — according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Risk gene for autism rewires the brain
    1 December 2010
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    A variant of the autism risk gene CNTNAP2 may alter the brain to emphasize connections between nearby regions and diminish those between more distant ones, according to a study published 3 November in Science Translational Medicine.
  • 'Daydreaming' circuit implicated in autism, attention deficit
    24 November 2010
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    Areas of the brain that are active when people are daydreaming or sleeping, and quiet when they are engaged in a task, are imperfectly synchronized in people with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, researchers say.