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  • Clinical research: Fragile X unlinked from intelligence
    29 August 2012
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    Women who have intelligence quotients in the normal range may nevertheless have fragile X syndrome, often described as the most common inherited form of mental retardation, according to a case study published 27 June in Molecular Autism.

  • 28 August 2012
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    The first approved stem cell trial for autism will soon be under way. Is there a rationale for testing stem cells to improve symptoms of the disorder?


  • Molecular mechanisms: Serotonin mimics may treat fragile X
    28 August 2012
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    Compounds that target the receptor for the chemical messenger serotonin could help treat fragile X syndrome, according to a study published 17 July in Biological Psychiatry.  

  • Epilepsy drug reverses autism-like symptoms in mice
    27 August 2012
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    Researchers have homed in on the brain region thought to be responsible for the autism-like symptoms that can accompany Dravet syndrome, a rare epilepsy disorder, according to research published Wednesday in Nature.

  • Guest blog: Heart matters
    24 August 2012
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    Rather than make blanket decisions, doctors must gauge the level of cognitive impairment in individuals with autism when considering them for organ transplants, says bioethicist Arthur Caplan.