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  • Researchers discover how to stop breath holding in girls with Rett Syndrome

    Rett Syndrome is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that mostly affects girls and is caused by an altered gene in the X chromosome. Among the many of Rett Syndrome symptoms is breath holding, which can cause low brain oxygen levels and worsen an already debilitating disease. Yesterday, it was broadcast in the news that researchers from Bristol’s School of Physiology & Pharmacology announ...
    • Scientific Link to Autism Identified; imbalance between glutamate and glycine

      JACKSON, N.J., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ — During its research into the application of neuroscience in business, a New Jersey based think tank, The Center for Modeling Optimal Outcomes®, LLC (The Center) made an inadvertent and amazing discovery. The Center examined the neuroscientific dynamics of logic and emotion in decision making while researching neuroscience in business. They found unique ...
      • Health insurance company breaks law by refusing care to autistic child

        Ruling deals a blow to denials of autistic treatment By Lisa Girion October 27, 2009 A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge. In a preliminary ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant found that Kaiser Permanente’s refusal to pay for a child’s autistic treatmen...
        • Autistic student chosen as homecoming queen

          Jenison students elect ‘awesome and nice’ autistic student as Homecoming Queen By Erin Albanese | The Grand Rapids Press October 26, 2009, 12:40PM GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP — When Rachel Slawkowski was crowned homecoming queen, the roar at Jenison High School’s football stadium sounded more like it was for the winning touchdown. Rachel waved her roses like a baseball bat, and cla...
          • Schizophrenia and autism: two sides of the same coin?

            Rare Mutation Dramatically Increases Schizophrenia Risk ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2009) — An international team of researchers led by geneticist Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has identified a mutation on human chromosome 16 that substantially increases risk for schizophrenia. The mutation in question is what scientists call a copy number variant (CNV). CNVs are are...
            • California lifted ban on thimerosal in H1N1 vaccine for pregnant women

              More than 800 Americans have died from H1N1 influenza this year. The risk of H1N1 related mortality is six times greater among pregnant women - 28 pregnant women have died and another 100 have been admitted to intensive care units. The New York Times recently ran an article, Flu Story, exploring the impact of H1N1 for one pregnant woman fortunate enough to survive. The Centers for Disease Control...
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