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Tag: hyperactivity

November 2017
spotlight on brain in doctor's office

Note to autism scientists: Control for z’s

by  /  13 November 2017

Differences in sleep and circadian rhythm may distort the results of autism studies.

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Stimulating inhibitory neurons in a visual brain region prevents monkeys from focusing on a line on a computer screen.

Light-based method controls inhibitory neurons in macaques

by  /  12 November 2017

Researchers have used light to manipulate neurons that dampen brain activity in rhesus macaques.

October 2017
Week of OctoberOct

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.

September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep

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.

Pregnant woman pouring pills into her palm.

Epilepsy drugs pose risks to developing brains, study suggests

by  /  7 September 2017

Some drugs used to treat epilepsy may harm children who are exposed to them in the womb or through breast milk.

August 2017
Week of AugustAug

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


Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.

March 2017

Pain, impulsivity may motivate self-harm in autism

by  /  8 March 2017

People with autism who have painful digestive issues or difficulties inhibiting their impulses are particularly prone to hurting themselves.

January 2017

Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

November 2016
Black mouse in part shadow

Mutation tied to autism deprives male mice of their sleep

by  /  23 November 2016

A DNA deletion linked to autism causes male mice, but not females, to have trouble falling asleep.

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