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August 23, 2016

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August 23, 2016

Antipsychotic Medication Poses Little Risk to Developing Fetus

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers found that the use of APMs in pregnancy does not meaningfully increase the risk of congenital malformations or cardiac malformations, with the possible exception of ... read more

New, Improved Guidelines for Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Aug. 10, 2016 — A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The proposed guidelines ... read more

New PET Scan Tracer Allows First Imaging of the Epigenetics of the Human Brain

Aug. 10, 2016 — A novel PET radiotracer is able for the first time to reveal epigenetic activity -- the process that determines whether or not genes are expressed -- within the human ... read more

Frozen Embryos More Effective Than Fresh in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Aug. 10, 2016 — Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who receive frozen embryos during in vitro fertilization have safer and more successful pregnancies than those who get fresh embryos, according to the ... read more

New Breakthrough in Understanding Dystonia

Aug. 9, 2016 — Are cellular lipids the missing link between a faulty gene and a neurological disorder? Researchers have managed to get a clearer view on the roots of dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes ... read more

Some Psychotic Disorders May Be Induced by Drugs Designed to Combat Effects of Epilepsy

Aug. 8, 2016 — A new study indicates that antiepileptic drugs designed to reduce seizures, may also induce psychotic disorders in some ... read more

Why You're Stiff in the Morning: Your Body Suppresses Inflammation When You Sleep at Night

Aug. 5, 2016 — New research describes a protein created by the body's 'biological clock' that actively represses inflammatory pathways within the affected limbs during the ... read more

Aug. 5, 2016 — Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors -- even as it changed the lives of the babies born with it during the pre-Zika ... read more

Largest-Ever Whole Genome Autism Study Yields Clues on How Autism-Linked Gene Changes Arise

Aug. 4, 2016 — A new study expands understanding of autism's complex causes and may hold clues for the future development of targeted treatments. The report is the largest-ever whole genome study of autism, ... read more

Novel Genetic Mutation May Lead to the Progressive Loss of Motor Function

Aug. 3, 2016 — Researchers have identified the genetic cause and a possible therapeutic target for a rare form of pediatric progressive ... read more

Leaky Calcium Triggers Brainstem Blackout That Results in Sudden Cardiac Death

Aug. 1, 2016 — Researchers report how a mutation in a gene involved in the regulation of calcium inside brain cells can help trigger blackouts of the brainstem, the center that controls heartbeat and breathing, and ... read more

Autism Genes Identified Using New Approach

Aug. 1, 2016 — Researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that for the first time analyzes the entire human genome to predict which genes may cause autism spectrum disorder, raising the number of genes ... read more

New Rare Congenital Heart Disease Disorders Found in Children

Aug. 1, 2016 — In one of the largest international genetic studies of congenital heart disease, researchers have discovered gene mutations linked to three new rare congenital heart disorders. The researchers also ... read more

Aug. 1, 2016 — For the first time novel expression sites in the brain have been identified for a gene which is associated with motor neuron disease and frontotemporal ... read more

The Heart-Brain Connection: The Link Between LQTS and Seizures

July 29, 2016 — Patients carrying certain mutations that cause Long QT Syndrome, a rare cardiac rhythm disorder, have an increased risk for developing seizures and have more severe cardiac ... read more

July 29, 2016 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed by the State of Florida that Zika virus infections in four people were likely caused by bites of local Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. ... read more

July 29, 2016 — A virtual brain has been created that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time. From this work we understand better how the disease works and can also better ... read more

Study Verifies Human Gene Therapy in Model of Rare Metabolic Disorder

July 28, 2016 — Researchers are closer to finding a better way to treat children with a rare metabolic disorder called MPS ... read more

New Genetic Syndrome Tied to Defects in Protein Transport

July 28, 2016 — An international team of researchers has discovered the mutation responsible for a rare, newly identified genetic disorder that causes craniofacial abnormalities and developmental delays. The ... read more

Conception Timed With Periods of Low Mosquito Activity Could Reduce Zika Virus Infection

July 28, 2016 — Women could prevent contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus while pregnant by timing the first months of pregnancy with seasonal declines in mosquito activity. The paper is the first to suggest ... read more

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