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August 27, 2016

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August 27, 2016

How PSD Forms and Why Defects Can Cause Autism

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that SynGAP and PSD-95, two abundance proteins in PSD that are known to cause autism when mutated, can form an autonomously assembled network structure both in test-tube ... read more

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

Aug. 15, 2016 — An international team of scientists has found a way to use CRISPR gene editing to help fix sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia in blood cells isolated from ... read more

Brain Study Confirms Gene Mutation Link to Psychiatric Disorders

Aug. 15, 2016 — Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. The study offers further clues about how the ... read more

Two Zika Proteins Responsible for Microcephaly Identified

Aug. 11, 2016 — Researchers have tracked down two Zika proteins potentially responsible for thousands of microcephaly cases in Brazil and elsewhere -- taking one small step toward preventing Zika-infected mothers ... read more

New Treatment Option for Alzheimer's Disease Possible, Say Researchers

Aug. 11, 2016 — A research project has shown that an experimental model of Alzheimer's disease can be successfully treated with a commonly used anti-inflammatory ... read more

Cancer Drug for Mums-to-Be May Curb Baby Girls' Future Fertility

Aug. 10, 2016 — Chemotherapy treatment during pregnancy may affect the future fertility of unborn baby girls, a study suggests. Researchers have found that a drug called etoposide can damage the development of mouse ... 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

Aug. 10, 2016 — Researchers say they have identified a new disease gene that, when mutated, appears to increase the risk in a small number of people of developing emphysema and a lung-scarring condition known as ... 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

Aug. 10, 2016 — More details have been uncovered of an association between Zika virus infection in the womb and a condition known as arthrogryposis, which causes joint deformities at birth, particularly in the arms ... 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

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