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  • Researchers question meaning of 'resting state' in autism
    15 October 2012
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    Many researchers have reported atypical brain connectivity in people with autism lying passively in a brain scanner. But those differences may be the result of what participants are thinking about, rather than of an underlying neural defect, according to a poster presented Sunday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

  • Handwriting study points to motor, memory problems in autism
    15 October 2012
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    The wobbly handwriting of many children with autism may reflect differences in their brains’ motor and working memory systems, according to a poster presented Monday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

  • Mouse studies point out limits of Rett syndrome treatment
    15 October 2012
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    Mouse studies of a promising treatment for Rett syndrome, already in clinical trials, offer a note of caution about the drug’s potential. Preliminary findings from the research, presented Sunday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans, show why mouse work remains important even after clinical trials are underway.

  • Video: Unrolling the motor deficit in autism
    15 October 2012
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    In a video interview at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans, Stewart Mostofsky discusses the links between social and motor skills.

  • New high-throughput method screens drugs for fragile X
    15 October 2012
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    Researchers are testing a wealth of new treatments for fragile X syndrome, an inherited intellectual disability often accompanied by autism. They presented preliminary results from animal studies of several drugs, as well as an automated approach for screening compounds, Sunday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.