Daily Archives: September 28, 2012

New Research on DSM-V – More confusion

J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print] Brief Report: Comparability of DSM-IV and DSM-5 ASD Research Samples. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23011251 Mazefsky CA, McPartland JC, Gastgeb HZ, Minshew NJ. Source Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Webster Hall, Suite … Continue reading

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Optogenetics and Autism – Is this a new treatment paradigm ?

Fascinating article in Discovery magazine surrounding optogenetics … could it be used to develop treatment regimes in autism or aspects of autism ? Controlling Brains With a Flick of a Light Switch http://discovermagazine.com/2012/sep/25-controlling-brains-with-flick-of-light-switch Using the new science of optogenetics, scientists … Continue reading

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SCN1A and Autism – Epilepsy and Behaviours

Mouse with Na(v)1.1 haploinsufficiency, a model for Dravet syndrome, exhibits lowered sociability and learning impairment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986304 Laboratory for Neurogenetics, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan; Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, … Continue reading

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Autism and Environment II

Two stories from Washington University the first not directly related to autism per se but highlights epigentic changes over generations in mice exposed to dioxin and the second regarding BPA suspected of having some association with autism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22458970). —————————————————————————————— Dioxin … Continue reading

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Environment , toxins , genes and autism.

Using mouse models of autism spectrum disorders to study the neurotoxicology of gene-environment interactions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23010509 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, M.I.N.D. Institute, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95618, United States. Electronic address: jschwartzer@ucdavis.edu. Abstract To … Continue reading

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