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April 26, 2017

Scientists Unravel How Protein Impacts Intellectual Disability

Apr. 25, 2017 — A protein helps balance nerve cell communication, scientists have shown in a new study. This new study could have implications for potential treatments of intellectual disability and other ... read more

Challenging the Current Approach to Glut1 Deficiency

Apr. 24, 2017 — Researchers have discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause ... read more

Altered Immune Cells May Both Contribute to Preeclampsia and Offer New Hope for Treatment

Apr. 24, 2017 — Researchers have found that the immune system's natural killer (NK) cells activate and change in response to placental ischemia. Disrupting these altered cells seems to blunt some of the ... read more

Article Examines Studies on Antidepressants, Autism Spectrum Disorders

Apr. 17, 2017 — A new article reviews and analyzes a small collection of studies on fetal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum ... read more

Researchers Identify Link Between Birth Defect, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Apr. 10, 2017 — A new study has found a link between neurological birth defects in infants commonly found in pregnant women with diabetes and several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, ... read more

Cause of an Inherited Neurological Disorder Discovered

Apr. 10, 2017 — Researchers have identified the basis for how a single gene mutation can cause a rare neurological movement disorder known as ... read more

Apr. 7, 2017 — Neurons derived from two different types of precursor cells that later develop into neurons in the medial amygdala -- one of the interconnected structures in the brain involved in emotion, motivation ... read more

Apr. 5, 2017 — Discovery of a gene in zebrafish that triggers congenital blindness could lead to a suitable cure for similar disease in ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — Drawing on evidence from a Pennsylvania power plant located upwind of New Jersey, a group of researchers studied live singleton births that occurred from 1990 to 2006 in the area downwind of the ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — A new method could push research into developmental brain disorders an important step forward. This is shown by a recent study in which the researchers investigated the development of a rare ... read more

New Insight Into Leading Viral Cause of Congenital Birth Defects

Apr. 4, 2017 — A new study has revealed why CMV -- a virus responsible for 1,000 birth defects a year in the UK -- is so adept at evading the immune system. The new findings could help in the development of ... read more

Stopping Zika from Crossing the Placenta

Apr. 4, 2017 — Although the World Health Organization ended its global health emergency on Zika last November, the virus could still make a comeback this summer. Researchers report that they may have figured out ... read more

Alcohol Abuse Even Before Pregnancy May Harm Offspring

Apr. 3, 2017 — Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as ... read more

Brain's Role in Tourette Tics Simulated in New Computational Model

Mar. 30, 2017 — A new computer-based brain simulation shows that motor tics in Tourette syndrome may arise from interactions between multiple areas of the brain, rather than a single malfunctioning ... read more

Stem Cells Help Explain Varied Genetics Behind Rare Neurologic Disease

Mar. 30, 2017 — Researchers have successfully grown stem cells from children with a devastating neurological disease to help explain how different genetic backgrounds can cause common symptoms. They identified ... read more

Gene WT1 Impacts Women's Fertility, Study Finds

Mar. 28, 2017 — It has been estimated that more than 80 million people in the world have an unfulfilled desire to have children. But for every 10th couple, the reasons therefore remain unclear. Now, researchers have ... read more

New Genetic Disorder Named for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Team

Mar. 27, 2017 — Three scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who identified and studied a genetic disease have been recognized by having their names attached to the disorder. An authoritative reference ... read more

Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol More Likely to Have Academic Difficulties

Mar. 24, 2017 — Despite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high. This study evaluated academic achievement among ... read more

Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors Have Increased Body Fat

Mar. 24, 2017 — New research findings suggest that one of the most important risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which is excess total and central fat in the body, is present relatively early in ... read more

Mar. 24, 2017 — Researchers have successfully used facial recognition software to diagnose DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare, genetic disease in Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. This is the newest addition to the Atlas ... read more

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