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May 27, 2017

May 18, 2017 — Opitz G/BBB (Opitz) syndrome is a hereditary disorder that affects people in different ways, causing malformations in medial (midline) organs and structures, intellectual disability and developmental ... read more

New Gene Identified in Lou Gehrig's Disease

May 15, 2017 — For the first time, a variant in UBQLN4 gene has been associated with Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – a progressive disease resulting in the loss of nerve cells that ... read more

Diabetes Drug May Help Symptoms of Autism-Associated Condition

May 15, 2017 — Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some ... read more

Hormone Key to Brain Development in Fruit Flies Identified

May 15, 2017 — Researchers using Drosophila have identified a steroid hormone that triggers a vital transition in early brain development in which neural stem cells properly change gears to produce different kinds ... read more

Cilia Structure Plays a Major Role in Determining Susceptibility to Neural Tube Defects

May 11, 2017 — Research shows that the improper methylation of a protein called 'Septin2,' which regulates the structure of cilia, was associated with an increased risk of having a neural tube defect ... read more

Genetics Linked to Early-Onset Pancreatitis in Pediatric Patients

May 10, 2017 — A new study suggests that early-onset pancreatitis in children is strongly associated with certain genetic mutations and family history of ... read more

Deciphering an Embryo-Protecting Protein

May 10, 2017 — Revelations about a protein expressed in fetal cells could provide novel insights into its function and future immunosuppressive ... read more

Newborn Baby Brain Scans Will Help Scientists Track Brain Development

May 9, 2017 — Scientists have published ground-breaking scans of newborn babies' brains which researchers from all over the world can download and use to study how the human brain ... read more

Lessening Radiation Risk for Children With Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease

May 9, 2017 — Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting an estimated one million children living in the U.S. Children with CAHD often have complex diseases and many require life-long ... read more

Low Oxygen Reverses Mitochondrial Disease in Mice

May 8, 2017 — Hypoxia reverses brain damage caused by mitochondrial dysfunction, a team finds. The approach might one day point to new therapies for people with Leigh syndrome and other mitochondrial ... read more

Underlying Molecular Mechanism of Bipolar Disorder

May 8, 2017 — Scientists have identified the molecular mechanism behind lithium's effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder patients. The study utilized human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS cells) to ... read more

Fetal Reduction in Multifetal Pregnancies Associated With Better Birth Outcomes

May 8, 2017 — Among twin and triplet pregnancies that were reduced to singleton or twin pregnancies, there was a substantial reduction in complications such as preterm birth and very preterm birth, according to ... read more

Gut Microbes Linked to Brain Structure in People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

May 5, 2017 — Research shows for the first time an association between the gut microbiota and the brain regions involved in the processing of sensory information from their bodies. Also, the researchers gained ... read more

How Flu Viruses Hijack Human Cells

May 5, 2017 — Much is known about flu viruses, but little is understood about how they reproduce inside human host cells, spreading infection. Now, a research team has identified a mechanism by which influenza A, ... read more

Gene Controls Birth Defect Common in Diabetes

May 5, 2017 — Researchers have identified a gene that plays a key role in the formation of neural tube defects, a problem commonly found in infants of pregnant women with diabetes. This is the first time the gene ... read more

How Fragile X Syndrome Disrupts Perception

May 5, 2017 — A new study sheds light on the neural mechanisms of Fragile X syndrome. This genetic disorder, which affects males twice as often as females due to males' single X chromosome, causes disruptions ... read more

May 4, 2017 — Fattened up on bites of potatoes, yucca and chicken starting at 4 months, some of the babies wearing sporty clothes and frilly dresses are rolly-polly chubby. As striking as their sizable girth are ... read more

In Huntington's Disease, Traffic Jams in the Cell's Control Center Kill Brain Cells

May 4, 2017 — Working with mouse, fly and human cells and tissue, researchers report new evidence that disruptions in the movement of cellular materials in and out of a cell's control center -- the nucleus -- ... read more

Alternative Treatment Approach for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome May Shorten Hospital Stay

May 4, 2017 — New research suggests a revamped, 'common sense' approach to treating newborns suffering opioid withdrawal -- gauging whether the baby can eat, sleep and be consoled within 10 minutes ... read more

Saliva Test Predicts Prolonged Concussion Symptoms in Children

May 4, 2017 — Although most of the 3 million concussions diagnosed in the US each year occur in children, the bulk of clinical guidelines are based on adults. Because of this, pediatricians are limited in how ... read more

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