Loss of support cells in brain may inhibit neuronal development

October 6, 2015 By Jim Dryden Washington University School of Medicine researchers Courtney Sobieski (left) and Steven Mennerick, PhD, found, in culture, that without cells called astrocytes, neurons send signals to one another more slowly. That slowdown could interfere with neuronal development and contribute to conditions linked to communication between neurons. Shedding light on possible

As CIRM opens world’s largest stem cell bank, scientists ready their research

Sep 1, 2015 A $32 million public-private bank — where California researchers collect stem cells and scientists from around the world can make withdrawals — officially opened Tuesday with the aim of accelerating the use of engineered stem cells to tackle a wide range of diseases. The bank, funded by the California Institute for Regenerative

Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism

Mice lacking a set of receptors in one type of neuron in the brain developed compulsive, anti-social behaviors, Salk scientists found August 11, 2015 LA JOLLA–The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research

Disrupted REM Sleep Can Rewire Young Brains

7/22/15 Cynthia Fox, Science Writer Kittens with eye patches deprived of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep do not end up with impaired connections in a visual center of the brain. But kittens deprived of REM sleep do. This is according to a new Science Advances studythat “adds important new data to our understanding of how

NIH joins public-private partnership to fund research on autism biomarkers

Biomarkers Consortium project to improve tools for measuring and treating social impairment in children with autism July 20, 2015 Government, non-profit and other private partners will fund a multi-year project to develop and improve clinical research tools for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will receive a total of $28 million over the next

State Funding Gives Providers Access to Telehealth Training for Chronic Diseases

July 02, 2015 - Stephanie Baehman - COLUMBIA, Mo. — Health care providers across the state are now being trained to provide residents in their communities with more specialized treatment for diabetes care, hepatitis C, childhood asthma, dermatology, chronic pain management and autism. Karen Edison, MD The Missouri Telehealth Network has received $1.5 million in

Preemies at high risk of autism don’t show typical signs of disorder in early infancy

July 1, 2015 By Alex Griffel ROBERT BOSTON PHOTO A small study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that premature infants who avoid eye contact are less likely to demonstrate symptoms of autism at age 2 than preemies who maintain eye contact during early interactions. ​Premature babies are at an increased

Low glycemic index diet reduces symptoms of autism in mice

Salk researchers find diet recommended for diabetics ameliorated signs of autism in mice June 09, 2015 LA JOLLA–Bread, cereal and other sugary processed foods cause rapid spikes and subsequent crashes in blood sugar. In contrast, diets made up of vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthier, in part because they take longer to digest and

Autism Linked to Genetic Mutation – and Researchers Say They Can Undo it

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:14pm Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter, BioScienceTechnology New research by Dr. Yan and her co-authors describes the cellular and molecular basis behind some autistic behaviors and suggests potential biomarkers and pharmaceutical targets. (Source: School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo)The genetic roots of autism have been investigated for more than a