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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

36-Percent Increase in Pediatric Patients Treated With Proton Therapy, New Survey Shows

May 23, 2015 — Results from an American survey indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Based on a ... read more

Can Drinking Alcohol Harm the Child Before the Mother Knows She Is Pregnant?

May 13, 2015 — Alcohol drunk by a mouse in early pregnancy changes the way genes function in the brains of the offspring. The early exposure was also later apparent in the brain structure of the adult offspring. ... read more

Antipsychotic Drug Use in Pregnant Women Appears to Pose Minimal Risk, New Study Suggests

May 13, 2015 — Antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not put women at additional risk of developing gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders or major blood clots that obstruct circulation, ... read more

New Age of Genome Editing Could Lead to Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia

May 14, 2015 — Researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin -- a world-first advance that ... read more

X-Linked Gene Mutations Cause Some Cases of Male Infertility, Study Says

May 13, 2015 — Some cases of male infertility are due to mutations in the maternal X chromosome that prevent development of viable sperm, according to a study. Nearly half of cases of male infertility not due to a ... read more

New Insights Into the Male Bias of Autism

May 13, 2015 — Male toddlers with autism have significant structural differences in their brains compared to females with the condition, according to research. The new work is looking at the links between ... read more

Huntington's Disease Monkeys Display Progressive Clinical Changes and Neurodegeneration

May 12, 2015 — A preclinical, large animal model of Huntington's disease has been developed for assessing new therapeutics, which could ultimately provide better treatment options, possibly including altering ... read more

One Gene Closer to Helping Sufferers of Rare Genetic Disorder

May 11, 2015 — A new study has separately confirmed and significantly built on recent research, identifying mutations of a gene that causes the uncommon but potentially fatal Adams-Oliver syndrome. This neonatal ... read more

Cause of Regression in Individuals With Down Syndrome Identified

May 12, 2015 — Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated by significant deterioration in movement, speech and functioning in some adolescents and young adults. Physicians ... read more

New Research Implicates Immune System in Rett Syndrome

May 11, 2015 — The immune system plays an unsuspected and surprising role in the progression of Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disorder affecting children, new research suggests. Rett syndrome is a ... read more

May 4, 2015 — A closer look at the DNA around the Huntington's disease gene offers researchers a new understanding of how the gene is controlled and how this affects the disease. These findings set the stage ... read more

May 8, 2015 — Scientists have gained ground toward developing more targeted therapies for the most common childhood brain tumor. The findings involve the DDX3X gene. In 2012, other work highlighted DDX3X as a ... read more

It Doesn't Take a Brain Injury to Have Headache, Dizziness and Cognitive Impairment

May 8, 2015 — Researchers have provided an explanation for why many people with even very trivial head injuries, or even injuries to other parts of their bodies, experience incapacitating post-concussion like ... read more

Changes in Placenta's Protective Ability During Pregnancy Linked to Transporter Proteins

May 8, 2015 — An important function of the human placenta is to protect the fetus from detrimental substances in maternal blood, such as glucocorticoids or toxins. Placental membrane-bound transporter proteins, ... read more

May 5, 2015 — A gene variant that influences whether Huntington’s disease breaks out earlier or later than expected has been identified by researchers. The findings can contribute to improved diagnosis and ... read more

May 4, 2015 — A new study in mice links three previously unrelated hypotheses about the causes of schizophrenia, a debilitating mental disorder that affects how people think, act and perceive reality. The new ... read more

Using Big Data to Help the Tiniest Patients

Apr. 27, 2015 — An increasing number of babies across the country are born addicted to opioids and require intensive care, according to a study analyzing MEDNAX Clinical Data Warehouse statistics from 299 neonatal ... read more

Fragile X Syndrome: Building a Case for an Alternative Treatment Strategy

Apr. 23, 2015 — A drug strategy targeting PI3 kinase could improve learning and behavioral flexibility in people with fragile X syndrome, new research suggests. The approach represents an alternative to one based on ... read more

Novel Regulator Inhibits Toxic Protein Aggregates in Huntington's Disease

Apr. 23, 2015 — Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by huntingtin protein aggregates in a patient's brain, but how these aggregates form is not well understood. In a new ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — A genetic mystery that has afflicted three unrelated families plagued by congenital eye malformations has now been solved by researchers. By mapping and sequencing family DNA, the research team found ... read more

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