Jul 31, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
'Miniature brains' from skin cells explain autism
A larger head size — or macrocephaly — is seen in some children with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In a new stem cell study from the Yale School of Medicine, researchers found in ASD patients' with enlarged head size, cerebral cortex cells divided at a faster pace, and over produced the FOXG1 gene thus over producing GABAergic neurons. These observations may lead to new drug targets for autism treatment.
Jul 30, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Birth order not meaningful to personality or IQ
A study of 377,000 high school students offers some good news: Yes, first-borns do have higher IQs and consistently different personality traits than those born later in the family. However, the differences are so small they have no practical relevance to people's lives.
Jul 29, 2015------News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Genetic roots of scoliosis
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) — or curvature of the spine — affects tens of millions of children worldwide. Now, scientists have discovered a gene with links to the condition.
Jul 28, 2015-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Reverse hearing loss?
Unlike birds and amphibians, mammals can't recover lost hearing. In people, the cells of the inner ear responsible for detecting sound and transmitting those signals to the brain, form during the early weeks of development. And unlike other animals, can't be replaced if lost to illness, injury or aging.
Jul 27, 2015-----News Archive—Latest research covered daily, archived weekly
Mind the gap!
In biology, stability is very important. From body temperature to blood pressure and sugar levels, our body ensures that all of our systems remain within reasonable limits and without reaching damaging extremes. Brain neurons also stabilise electrical activity to avoid becoming either overexcited or not excited enough.