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October 23, 2016

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October 23, 2016

Rise in Obese Pregnant Women Takes Its Toll on Mother, Child Both

Oct. 14, 2016 — A medical doctor warns that the obesity epidemic is leading to a rise in high-risk pregnancies. There are no standard guidelines for the management of obesity in pregnancy. The American College of ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — A new approach to image functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses has now been pioneered by researchers, allowing a better look at how functional networks within the brain develop. The ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — By comparing your index and ring fingers, a neuroscientist can tell if you are likely to be anxious, or if you are likely to be a good ... read more

Scientists Use 'Molecular Autopsies' to Find Clues to Sudden Death

Oct. 11, 2016 — Sudden death strikes approximately 11,000 people under age 45 in the U.S. every year, leaving living relatives with troubling questions about their own risk. Unfortunately, with many conditions--such ... read more

New Study Finds 'Amplifier' Helps Make Connections in the Fetal Brain

Oct. 11, 2016 — Early neural connections are sparse, weak, and unreliable. Now researchers have discovered that fetal brains use a special amplifier in order to transmit ... read more

Oct. 5, 2016 — A virtual reality gaming system specially developed for young patients is making procedures involving needles less painful for children and less stressful for ... read more

With Worrisome Animal Research, More Focus Needed on Effects of Cannabis on Human Development

Sep. 30, 2016 — In this new era of legalized marijuana, far too little research has been conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos, say researchers who scoured medical literature on the ... read more

Sep. 26, 2016 — Rett syndrome is a rare, debilitating disease in which patients progressively lose brain function and the ability to walk. Relatively little is known about the neuronal causes of Rett syndrome, but ... read more

Scientists Track Down Possible New Treatment for Epilepsy

Sep. 26, 2016 — Increasing the concentration of specific fats in the brain could suppress epileptic seizures, ground-breaking new research shows. On the basis of this discovery, scientists were able to completely ... read more

'Teashirt' Gene Links Autism and Kidney Problems, New Study Finds

Sep. 26, 2016 — A gene dubbed the ‘Teashirt’ by its discoverers has been identified as a link between children with kidney problems and autism, in a new study which has implications for how doctors working on ... read more

Women With Hearing Loss More Likely to Have Preterm or Low Birth Weight Babies

Sep. 26, 2016 — The first study of birth outcomes in women with hearing loss finds significant differences when compared to women without hearing loss, scientists ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — A new explanation for some of the symptoms of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability, has been proposed by researchers. Their explanation suggests new targets ... read more

Inherited Parental Methylation Shifts Over Time, May Have Functional Effects in the Brain and Other Tissues

Sep. 20, 2016 — Inherited methylation—a form of epigenetic regulation passed down from parents to offspring—is far more dynamic than previously thought and may contribute to changes in the brain and other ... read more

Gene Discovery in Severe Epilepsy May Offer Clues to Unique Personalized Therapies

Sep. 20, 2016 — An international team of researchers who discovered a new gene disorder that causes severe childhood epilepsy leveraged that finding to reduce seizures in two children. The collaborators’ case ... read more

Surveillance Unlikely to Detect European Changes in Birth Defect Linked to Zika Virus

Sep. 16, 2016 — A new study finds that surveillance systems in Europe could detect increases in microcephaly (babies born with an abnormally small head) due to the Zika virus of a similar magnitude to those observed ... read more

Study Uncovers New Molecular Signaling Mechanism for Correcting Childhood Visual Disorders

Sep. 15, 2016 — Neuroscientists have discovered a molecular signaling mechanism that translates visual impairments into functional changes in brain circuit connections. The discovery may help to develop novel ... read more

Microcephaly Case-Control Study Confirms Zika Virus Causality

Sep. 15, 2016 — The relation between Zika virus and microcephaly is widely assumed to be causal because of strong evidence of an association. However, evidence so far comes from case reports, case series, modelling ... read more

Study Discovers Potential New Target for Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sep. 15, 2016 — In spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the affected nerve cells that control muscle movement, or motor neurons, have defects in their mitochondria, which generate energy used by the cell, scientists have ... read more

Response to Common Schizophrenia, Bipolar Treatment Dictated by Gene Type

Sep. 14, 2016 — A mood-stabilizing drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, say ... read more

Brain Cancer and Leukemia: New Molecular Mechanisms Decoded

Sep. 14, 2016 — New molecular causes of brain cancer and leukemia have been revealed by new research. This research provided insight into the effect of mutations of enzymes involved in the development of these ... read more

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