Mice Provide Insight Into Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

While the definitive causes remain unclear, several genetic and environmental factors increase the likelihood of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, a group of conditions covering a “spectrum” of symptoms, skills and levels of disability. Taking advantage of advances in...

Brains Evolved to Need Exercise

Exercise significantly benefits brain structure and function, likely because of how we evolved as physically active hunter-gatherers, according to a new model proposed by UA researchers.

Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

A UC Berkeley study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning. While gleaned from young female mice, the findings, published in the June 1 issue of the journal Current Biology, may have broad...

Can Psychosis be Treated With Nutrition?

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD We are immersed these days in the erroneous idea that only randomized placebo-controlled studies (RCTs) constitute scientific data. We will discuss the origins of the over-reliance on RCTs in a future column. For now,...

Growing organs in the lab – no longer science fiction

Mirella Dottori loves looking through the microscope at tiny, embryonic human brains. She describes them as a “beautiful” network of nerve cells, called neurons, reaching for and passing messages to one another. “They have these long extensions and you can see they’re...
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