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Tag: brain size

December 2017

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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November 2017
Capitol building with reflections Washingtom DC, USA

Takeaways from SfN 2017

by  /  16 November 2017

After five days and more than 13,000 abstracts, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., has drawn to a close.

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Week of OctoberOct
30th
2017

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

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October 2017
Brain scans of boys with fragile X syndrome fall into distinct groupings.

Brain scans reveal subtypes of fragile X syndrome in boys

by  /  30 October 2017

Differences in brain structure may distinguish boys with relatively mild features of fragile X syndrome from those with a severe form of the condition.

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Week of OctoberOct
2nd
2017

Cannabis candidate; omega add-on; oxytocin control and more

by  /  6 October 2017

A cannabis gel may ease features of fragile X syndrome, omega fatty acids show promise for autism in two trials, and oxytocin reinforces social behaviors through the brain’s reward pathway.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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Portrait of Eric Courchesne outside

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
14th
2017

Transcranial treatment; maternal inflammation; autism ants and more

by  /  18 August 2017

Transcranial treatment may bolster memory in adults with autism, inflammatory molecule may alter an emotional brain region in newborns, and examining ants could yield insights into autism

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June 2017
Week of JuneJun
12th
2017

Fever finding; neuronal cookbookery; CRISPR’d unicorns; mining 23andMe

by  /  16 June 2017

The evidence linking autism and maternal infections grows, special neuron recipes are in development, a CRISPR pioneer envisions unicorns, and 23andMe delivers empathy data.

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April 2017

Early brain enlargement augurs distinct form of autism

by  /  11 April 2017

A minority of boys with autism have brains that are unusually large relative to their bodies — a trait tied to regression and intellectual disability.

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