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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Childrens Health:Exploring the teenage brain--Saliva test to diagnose autism--Teens increasingly sleep deprived--Drug exposure to autism-like effects

Exploring the teenage brain, and its drive for immediate reward  Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic brain changes that allow planning and encourage the need for immediate reward, according to a neuroscientist  Continue Reading
Researchers may develop saliva test to diagnose autism  A spit test may one day be able to diagnose autism according to new research. Scientists have published the first study showing that children with autism spectrum disorder have differences in protein levels in their saliva when compared to typically developing children. Continue Reading
Teens increasingly sleep deprived  A new study found that female students, racial/ethnic minorities, and students of lower socioeconomic status are less likely to report regularly getting seven or more hours of sleep each night compared with their male counterparts, non-Hispanic white teenagers, and students of higher socioeconomic status, respectively. The largest decrease in the percentage Continue Reading

Tadpole model links drug exposure to autism-like effects  In utero exposure to the epilepsy drug VPA appears to elevate the risk to babies of developing an autism spectrum disorder. A new study used a tadpole model to investigate VPA's effects on developing neural physiology and behavior. Researchers now hope to use the model to develop an intervention and to learn more about the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental disorders more broadly.  Continue Reading

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