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Computerized Cognition Test Provides Better Assessment than Observation

Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this week suggests healthy older adults are less capable of observing their own cognitive ...

Researchers Investigating New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

MINNEAPOLIS – A new treatment under investigation for multiple sclerosis (MS) is safe and tolerable in phase I clinical trials, according to ...

Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. ... Full story

Planning a better future for people with autism

In the world of special education, transition is the move from school to adult life. For most of us that move can be awkward, but for people with disabilities — particularly autism — it is especially complex. ... Full story

Potential therapy for incurable Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Researchers discover new treatment approach for this hereditary neurological disorder ... Full story

Stem Cells Reveal How Illness-Linked Genetic Variation Affects Neurons

Fast Facts: -Using stem cells from family members with and without mental illness, researchers discovered the effects of a gene mutation linked to schizophrenia and depression. -Results suggest mental illness can be traced to abnormal brain “wiring” during early development. ... Full story

Gene Technique Identifies Hidden Causes of Brain Malformation

Highlights Most diagnostic gene testing is done by sequencing specific genes using a traditional DNA sequencing technique known as the Sanger method. When this strategy fails, the search for mutations is sometimes broadened to all of the protein-coding regions of the genome—the exome—or further, to the entire genome. But such tests may fail to pinpoint mutations that are present in a small fraction of the body's cells. ... Full story

Scripps Florida and Mayo Clinic Team Up to Successfully Target Common Mutation in Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia

JUPITER, FL – An international team led by scientists from the Florida campuses of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Mayo Clinic have for the first time successfully designed a therapeutic strategy targeting a specific genetic mutation that causes a common form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as well a type of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). ... Full story

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