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2010-11-11 14:50:00

Using induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with Rett syndrome, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created functional neurons that provide the first human cellular model for studying the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and could be used as a tool for drug screening, diagnosis and personalized treatment. The research, led by Alysson R. Muotri, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, will be published in the November 12 issue of...

2010-11-02 14:40:37

More than 15 years ago, I wrote a special section on the prospects of gene therapy for the Houston Chronicle. It was a piece that held more promise than reality, but as part of it, I followed two gene therapy experiments for 18 months. I followed one that made it into human studies. The study was ahead of its time, and I think we knew it. I know the patient, a brave, taciturn woman surrounded by loving family, had great hopes but realistic expectations. As I got closer to her and family, I...

2010-11-01 22:07:23

Researchers, clinicians and parents gather to discuss latest autism research The Autism Consortium, an innovative Boston area collaboration of researchers, clinicians, funders and families dedicated to catalyzing research and enhancing clinical care for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), announced that it will begin a new initiative on Translational Medicine and Autism Therapeutics. The new focus was introduced at the Consortium's fifth annual symposium held October 26th, 2010, at Harvard...

2010-10-19 10:07:00

DULUTH, Ga., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces the addition of SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders to its catalog of online professional development courses. Roughly 1 out of 110 children in the United States are diagnosed with one of several conditions labeled as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specific ASD conditions include autism, Asperger's syndrome,...

2010-10-04 23:19:33

Team joins forces to prevent severe complication of Rett Syndrome In a study published today in the Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers based in the U.S. and UK revealed that they were able to halt the potentially lethal, breath holding episodes associated with the neurological disease Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome is a disorder of the brain that affects around 1 in 10,000 young girls. On October 4, 1999, a groundbreaking study was...

2010-09-20 17:54:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Jersey Governor First Lady Mary Pat Christie will host a reception and dinner to benefit Research Down Syndrome (RDS) and the rapidly advancing area of Down syndrome cognitive research, on Saturday September 25, 2010, at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey. Mrs. Christie is the Honorary Chair and Keynote Speaker, with Special Guests and Speakers to also include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Roger...

2010-09-03 14:42:31

Female induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, reprogrammed from human skin cells into cells that have the embryonic-like potential to become any cell in the body, retain an inactive X chromosome, stem cell researchers at UCLA have found. The finding could have implications for studying X chromosome-linked diseases such as Rett syndrome, caused by mutations in a gene located on the X chromosome. The findings differ from those seen in mouse skin cells that are reprogrammed into iPS cells, in...

2010-08-31 07:10:00

FAIRFIELD, Conn. and ROSEMOUNT, Minn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Autism Support Network (http://www.AutismSupportNetwork.com) and Autism Hangout (http://www.AutismHangout.com) today announced a content sharing agreement to further spread practical assistance to those whose lives are touched by autism. Autism Hangout was founded by Craig Evans, who is the stepfather of a child with autism. The site has four core sections including: News and Reports, featuring over 300 video interviews with...

2010-08-16 14:37:22

When a certain protein is mutated or missing, symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome arise, causing a gradual loss of brain function during early development. This fact led Duke University Medical Center researchers to test a theory that the protein might also contribute to nerve-cell connection (synapse) changes in a fully formed adult mouse brain when exposed to psychostimulant use. In two experiments with mice, Anne West, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of...

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2010-08-16 08:45:00

Protein linked to mental retardation may be controlling factor in drug's effect in the brain Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a protein that may act as the trigger controlling the addictive impact of cocaine in the brain. The findings may one day lead to new therapies to treat addiction. The study was published on August 15, 2010, in the prestigious journal Nature Neuroscience. The results from the new study strongly suggest that a protein...


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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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