Monthly Archives: April 2013

Epigenetic Changes In Autism

Epigenetic changes shed light on biological mechanism of autism http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/news/records/2013/April/Epigenetics-autism.aspx Scientists from King’s College London have identified patterns of epigenetic changes involved in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by studying genetically identical twins who differ in autism traits.  The study, published … Continue reading

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Valproate and Autism again.

Use of Anti-Epileptic Drug During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk of Autism http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/use-of-anti-epileptic-drug-during-pregnancy-associated-with-increased-risk-of-autism/ CHICAGO – Maternal use of valproate (a drug used for the treatment of epilepsy and other neuropsychological disorders) during pregnancy was associated with a significantly increased risk … Continue reading

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Bereavement , Stress and Autism

Offspring psychopathology following preconception, prenatal and postnatal maternal bereavement stress. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23591021 Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Abstract BACKGROUND: Preconception, prenatal and postnatal maternal stress is associated with increased offspring psychopathology, but findings are inconsistent … Continue reading

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Pollution , Environment and Autism

Maternal Serum Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Finnish Prenatal Study of Autism: A Pilot Study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23591055 Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY, United States Abstract Recent research emphasizes the contribution of environmental as … Continue reading

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Evolution of Perceptual Conciousness in Infants

A Neural Marker of Perceptual Consciousness in Infants http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6130/376.abstract Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique Infants have a sophisticated behavioral and cognitive repertoire suggestive of a capacity for conscious reflection. Yet, demonstrating conscious access in infants remains challenging, mainly because … Continue reading

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Learning Disabilities in UK – 10 per cent

Learning disabilities affect up to 10 percent of children http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ Up to 10 per cent of the population are affected by specific learning disabilities (SLDs), such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism, translating to 2 or 3 pupils in every classroom … Continue reading

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Antibodies and Ethnicity implications for Autism ?

Scientists find ethnicity linked to antibodies http://www.sfu.ca/pamr/media-releases/2013/scientists-find-ethnicity-linked-to-antibodies.html Cracking the DNA code for a complex region of the human genome has helped 14 North American scientists, including five at Simon Fraser University, chart new territory in immunity research. They have discovered … Continue reading

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Drug safety in Autism – Children and Adolescents

Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Atypical Antipsychotics in Children and Adolescents. Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “IRCCS-Mario Negri”, via Giuseppe La Masa 19, 20156, Milan, Italy Abstract Pediatric behavioral and affective disorders often require antipsychotic therapy, in combination with psychotherapeutic interventions, for … Continue reading

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The Good and the Bad of Stress – Neurology

Researchers find out why some stress is good for you http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/04/16/researchers-find-out-why-some-stress-is-good-for-you/ By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | April 16, 2013 BERKELEY — Overworked and stressed out? Look on the bright side. Some stress is good for you. “You always think … Continue reading

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DISC1- FOXP2 : Schizophrenia and Autism – Retrospective

The DISC1 promoter: characterization and regulation by FOXP2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22434823 Medical Genetics Section, Molecular Medicine Centre, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Abstract Disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a leading candidate susceptibility gene … Continue reading

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