Cognitive ability genes identified

Dec 4, 2017 by

Research from Feinstein Institute of Medical Research in New York looked at the results of 107,207 people’s neuropsychological tests and genomes. The scientists unlocked new details about the role of genetics in cognitive skills....

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Experimental drugs rewire brain connections in autism

Nov 9, 2017 by

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas have identified two potential drugs that may treat autism by targeting the effects of a faulty gene on neural communication....

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People with autism less surprised by the unexpected

Oct 22, 2017 by

A study of 24 adults with autism and 25 without, researchers found that those with autism were less surprised by unexpected images in a simple learning task than adults without it....

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Females with autism have greater struggles with daily tasks

Oct 6, 2017 by

Although autism disproportionately affects males, a new study on executive function found that females on the autism spectrum have unique challenges with routine tasks....

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General anesthesia may harm brain development

Oct 4, 2017 by

A general anesthetic called isoflurane has been found to interfere with the developing brain and therefore should be avoided whenever possible in pregnant women and kids under 3....

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Girls whose grandmother smoked may be more likely to develop autism...

Sep 4, 2017 by

A new study published in Scientific Reports indicates that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during her pregnancy, she is more likely to develop autistic traits....

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LearningRx reviews study on autism risk genes

Jul 26, 2017 by

A new Yale study suggests that genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders may have been selected during evolution because they contribute to enhanced cognition. Researchers found that evolutionary gene selected showed ASD were found under positive selection in...

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