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May 6, 2016

Zika Virus and Health Systems in Brazil: From Unknown to a Menace

May 3, 2016 — A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of ... read more

Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Apr. 30, 2016 — Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Those preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more ... read more

One-Third of Autistic Children Likely to Wander, Disappear

Apr. 30, 2016 — More than one-third of children with autism spectrum disorders have wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, according to new findings. The findings are from a review of CDC ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — NHGRI researchers have collaborated with physicians and medical geneticists around the world to create the first Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations. Health care providers ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The hormone insulin - usually associated with diabetes -- is involved in the daily activity patterns and cognitive deficits in the fruitfly model of FXS. Results reveal a metabolic pathway that can ... read more

Immuno-Psychiatry: When Your Body Makes Its Own 'Angel Dust'

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study reports structural brain damage from an autoimmune encephalitis that impairs behavior in ways that are somewhat similar to the effects of "angel dust". The body sometimes makes ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition, report researchers after ... read more

New Advance Announced in Fight Against Parkinson's, Alzheimer's

Apr. 25, 2016 — A lab-based study seems to have discovered a way of 'reversing' symptoms for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The researchers have demonstrated that genetic and ... read more

Birth Defects, Pregnancy Terminations, Miscarriages in Users of Acne Drug

Apr. 25, 2016 — Canada's program that aims to prevent pregnancy in women who use the powerful acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is not effective, found a new study. Isotretinoin is used to treat severe acne. It ... read more

Apr. 22, 2016 — Disorders in the same gene PIGG are the cause for intellectual disability with seizures and hypotonia, scientists have discovered. PIGG is one of the enzymes active in the GPI anchor glycolipid ... read more

Unique Mouse Model for Studying ALS Developed

Apr. 21, 2016 — A unique mouse model has been developed that will allow researchers around the world to better study the genetic origins and potential treatments for a neurodegenerative brain disease that causes ... read more

New Neurodevelopmental Syndrome Identified

Apr. 21, 2016 — A new neurodevelopmental syndrome and the genetic mutation that causes it has been identified by a team of researchers. The discovery was made by performing whole-exome sequencing of patients with an ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Studies using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study. An expert has uncovered unique cellular defects associated with Smith-Lemli-Opitz ... read more

Defects in Body's Cell Disposal System May Contribute to the Most Common Form of Lupus

Apr. 20, 2016 — Scientists may be setting the stage for new approaches to control or prevent the inflammation and tissue damage associated with the chronic autoimmune disorder ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging. The technique will provide clinicians ... read more

Rare Pediatric Cancer Successfully Treated With New Targeted Therapy

Apr. 19, 2016 — When a baby's life was threatened by a rare pediatric cancer that would not respond to surgery or chemotherapy, doctors successfully shrank the tumor by 90 percent using an experimental ... read more

Too Much 'Noise' Can Affect Brain Development

Apr. 15, 2016 — Using cutting-edge imaging technology, biologists have determined that uncontrolled fluctuations (known as "noise") in the concentration of the vitamin A derivative Retinoic acid (RA) can ... read more

Using Ultrasound Screening for Fetal Microcephaly

Apr. 14, 2016 — The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a statement on the use of ultrasound screening for fetal microcephaly following Zika virus ... read more

RERE Gene Mutations Result in Features Similar to 1p36 Deletion Syndrome

Apr. 14, 2016 — One in 5,000 babies is born missing a small amount of genetic material from the tip of chromosome 1, a region called 1p36. These children may also have delayed development, seizures, heart and kidney ... read more

Study Estimates Number of Births, Terminations With Down Syndrome in Massachusetts

Apr. 14, 2016 — A multi-institutional research team has estimated for the first time the number of children born with Down syndrome each year in Massachusetts over the past century, along with the numbers of ... read more

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