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Brain disorders News (6 articles)

Autism: Variations in Number of Genes Characterize Genome

The genetic material of autism patients often shows a number of rare genetic alterations. Many genes have variations in the number of copies – they are multiplied or deleted. Several of the affected genes also play a role in other psychiatric developmental disorders. These results have been...

Published on 10 June 2010, 09:23

DNA scan for familial autism finds variants that disrupt gene activity in autistic kids

UCLA plays key role in study by some 60 centers, 12 countries.The world's largest DNA scan for familial autism has uncovered new genetic changes in autistic children that are often not present in their parents. Identified in less than 1 percent of the population, these rare variants occur...

Published on 9 June 2010, 15:01

Researchers restore missing protein in rare genetic brain disorder

UCSF researchers have successfully used protease inhibitors to restore to normal levels a key protein involved in early brain development. Reduced levels of that protein have been shown to cause the rare brain disorder lissencephaly, which is characterized by brain malformations, seizures, severe...

Published on 8 September 2009, 11:38

Fatal brain disease at work well before symptoms appear

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists have discovered why a paralyzing brain disorder speeds along more rapidly in some patients than others — a finding that may finally give researchers an entry point toward an effective treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,...

Published on 8 June 2009, 12:29

Antibiotic Can Reduce Hospitalization for Rare Brain Disorder, Analysis Shows

CINCINNATI—A study analysis by researchers at the University of Cincinnati confirms that the antibiotic rifaximin can reduce hospitalizations of patients with a certain brain disorder caused by liver failure.These findings were presented May 31 at the annual Digestive Disease Week...

Published on 1 June 2009, 16:22

Penn Research Team Tests Bedside Monitoring of Brain Blood Flow and Metabolism in Stroke Victims

PHILADELPHIA – A University of Pennsylvania team has completed the first successful demonstration of a noninvasive optical device to monitor cerebral blood flow in patients with acute stroke, a leading cause of disability and death.The ultimate goal of this research is to improve the...

Published on 3 March 2009, 13:28