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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Autism Research: Mechanism for altered pattern of brain growth in autism spectrum disorder discovered ♦ Mechanism for altered pattern of brain growth in autism spectrum disorder discovered

Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental health Fathers who read to, care for children with autism at 9 months reduce mothers' levels of depression and stress when children reach age 4.
Mechanism for altered pattern of brain growth in autism spectrum disorder discovered Scientists have uncovered how mutations in a specific autism risk gene alter the basic trajectory of early brain development in animal models.
Review examines nutritional issues related to autism spectrum disorder There is consensus that children with autism have selective eating patterns, food neophobia, limited food repertoire, and sensory issues. Researchers now report that there are inconsistent results about the extent and type of nutrient deficiencies.
Miniature brains made from patient skin cells reveal insights into autism Understanding diseases like autism and schizophrenia that affect development of the brain has been challenging due to both the complexity of the diseases and the difficulty of studying developmental processes in human tissues. Researchers have now made steps toward overcoming these challenges by converting skin cells from autism patients into stem cells and growing them into tiny brains in a dish, revealing unexpected mechanisms of the disease.

Potential target pathway may pave way for new therapeutic approaches for fragile X syndrome, autism The protein APP plays a significant role in the development of fragile X syndrome (FXS) at young stages, a new study suggests. Researchers identified an unexpected biological pathway as a promising target to ameliorate deficits associated with FXS and autism.

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