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Tag: epilepsy

September 2016
Image of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling. This is meant to be a visual pun, because marijuana is also known as 'pot'.

The pioneers: How parents are experimenting with marijuana for autism

by  /  14 September 2016

Meet the backyard marijuana growers and home chemists who are rushing in where scientists fear to tread.

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August 2016

New tool spotlights neuron junctions in living human brains

by  /  19 August 2016

A new imaging technique allows researchers to illuminate the junctions between neurons in a living person’s brain.

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July 2016

Epilepsy in family members raises risk of autism

by  /  21 July 2016

A study of more than 85,000 people with epilepsy and their immediate relatives suggests that epilepsy and autism share biological roots.

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May 2016
Illustration shows doctors in Libya looking at a city, with children standing in the foreground.

The gene hunters

by  /  18 May 2016

Criss-crossing the globe on a quest for unusual DNA, researchers have discovered a rare mutation that promises insights into both epilepsy and autism — and points to a treatment.

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Sibling bonds inspire next generation of autism researchers

by  /  12 May 2016

Growing up with a brother or sister on the spectrum motivates some young people to devote their careers to investigating autism.

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March 2016
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2016

Brain change; biobank first; family ties

by  /  25 March 2016

Transcranial magnetic stimulation turned John Elder Robison’s life upside down, Australia opens its first autism biobank, and Siddhartha Mukherjee pens a personal take on schizophrenia’s heredity.

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Week of MarchMar
14th
2016

Mortality crisis; probing prodigy; preprint appreciation

by  /  18 March 2016

Many people on the spectrum will not live to see their 40th birthday, a new book explores the link between autism and prodigy, and a growing number of researchers are sharing early versions of their papers online.

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February 2016
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Pelphrey’s move; tech support; living space

by  /  12 February 2016

Microsoft urges applications from techies with autism, Yale’s Kevin Pelphrey moves south, and architects design autism-friendly spaces.

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Simple steps let star-shaped brain cells thrive in culture

by  /  10 February 2016

A new method allows researchers to culture cells known as astrocytes from human brains.

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January 2016

Before talking about autism, listen to families

by  /  26 January 2016

Scientists should phrase their findings to be sensitive to the dignity and needs of people with autism.

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