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  • Rising rates
    30 March 2012
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    A new report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention finds that autism rates have risen 23 percent since 2009, from 1 in 110 children to 1 in 88.

  • Molecular mechanisms: Extra MeCP2 affects brain signaling
    30 March 2012
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    Mice with an extra copy of MeCP2, the Rett syndrome gene, have impaired signaling between neurons in the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory, according to a study published 29 February in The Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Brain imaging reveals simple organization for neural wires
    29 March 2012
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    Rather than a tangled bowl of spaghetti, the neural wiring in the brain is arranged in an orderly fashion, like a woven piece of cloth, according to research published today in the journal Science.

  • Researchers make neurons from blood cells
    28 March 2012
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    Researchers have generated neurons from the blood cells of individuals with autism, according to a study published 7 March in Neuroscience Letters.

  • Clinical research: Signs of autism emerge in infancy
    28 March 2012
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    Warning signs of autism, such as deficits in social ability and fine motor skills, are apparent as early as 6 months of age, according to a large longitudinal study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.