Brain discovery suggests source of lifelong behavioral issues
on April 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm
Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research suggests. The finding also could have important implications for a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Genes sow seeds of neuropsychiatric conditions before birth, in early childhood
on April 7, 2020 at 8:49 pm
From early prenatal development through childhood, the prefrontal cortex of the human brain undergoes an avalanche of developmental activity. In some cases, it also contains seeds of neuropsychiatric conditions, according to a new genetic analysis.
Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene
on April 2, 2020 at 5:46 pm
A new study offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been linked to autism symptoms, may drive this difference in some cases.
Gene mutation enhances cognitive flexibility in mice
on March 27, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Researchers have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility -- the ability to adapt to changing situations.
Optimizing use of the 'hug hormone' to help those with social difficulties
on March 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm
New research has provided important insight into how oxytocin could be administered in a more targeted and effective way to help treat social problems that occur in a range of psychiatric disorders.