Exposure to the opioid fentanyl induces autism-like behaviors in mice by activating mu-opioid receptors in the anterior cingulate cortex.
Researchers have identified a rare genetic mutation that alters brain development in mice. The mutation appears to cause impairment in memory and disrupts neurotransmission. The study reports memory problems may be improved by transplanting progenitor cells capable of generating inhibitory interneurons into the hippocampus.
Researchers have identified a correlation between brain stem volume and aggressive behavior in children with autism. Smaller brain stems appear to be associated with an increased likelihood of aggression.
A new study links antidepressant use during pregnancy with birth defects.
A social feedback loop is created when verbal interactions take place between parent and child. This loop is important for language development, but is experienced less frequently and is diminished in strength for children with Autism.
A new study reports a protein which controls metamorphosis in Drosophila could play a role in reversing brain injuries.