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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Mutated Histone-Modifying Gene Leads to Autism in Mice

Now, researchers from Japan have developed an animal model and elucidated the mechanism by which mutation in genes involved in chromatin modification causes autism. They have also discovered a drug that can be used in the treatment of autism.
RNA molecule.

The Most Comprehensive Atlas to Date of mRNA Variants in the Brain to Date

Investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine have assembled the most comprehensive atlas to date of messenger RNA (mRNA) variants in the mouse and human brain.
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Tiam1’s Role in Morphine Tolerance Mechanism Identified

New research has shown how blocking the activity of the Tiam1 enzyme in certain spinal neurons could reduce morphine tolerance and prolong the usefulness of morphine for pain relief.
Cannabis leaves.

Recreational Cannabis Use May Decrease Risk of Cognitive Decline

A new study by Upstate Medical University researchers shows that recreational cannabis use may offer some protection against cognitive decline.
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Study Finds No Link Between Paracetomol Use During Pregnancy and Autism or ADHD

In the largest epidemiologic study to date of the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, ADHD or intellectual disability following acetaminophen use during pregnancy, researchers found no association.
A couple embrace.

Large-Scale Study Highlights Importance of Touch for Wellbeing

Can touch really help you feel better, and does it matter who it’s from or how they touch you? A large-scale study shows touch substantially improves both physical and mental wellbeing.
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Antarctica's Melting Ice Threatens Its Meteorites

For every tenth of a degree of increase in global air temperature, an average of nearly 9,000 meteorites disappear from the surface of the ice sheet in Antarctica.
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Long COVID Can Now Be Detected in the Blood

People with long COVID have distinct patterns of inflammation detectable in the blood, which could potentially be targeted with immune therapies, reveals new research.
Protein structure.

New Method Measures Protein Expression in Neurons

Northwestern Medicine investigators have developed a method to measure protein expression in an individual neuron, a discovery that will enable scientists to study how this process goes awry in disease.
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Study Sheds Light on Side Effects for Children Taking Asthma Drug

A University of Oklahoma study about a “black box warning” for the asthma drug Singulair continues to influence a national conversation about the medication and its reported neuropsychiatric side effects in children and adolescents.