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  • 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.

  • Cognition and behavior: Words bias impressions in autism
    24 August 2012
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    Individuals with autism rely more on words than on facial expressions when interpreting social cues, and this may result from low activity in two brain regions, according to a paper published 22 June in PLoS One.

  • Father's age dictates rate of new mutations
    23 August 2012
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    With every passing year, men are increasingly likely to transmit new mutations to their children, according to the largest study yet of the so-called paternal age effect, published yesterday in Nature. The findings could help explain why older men are more likely to have a child with autism or schizophrenia than are younger men, the researchers say.

  • Algorithm fine-tunes analysis of rare variants
    22 August 2012
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    A new algorithm increases the accuracy of techniques that detect rare genetic variants among populations, according to a study published 27 July in Bioinformatics.