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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346865/repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-executive-function-deficits-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-clinical-trial-approach
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Stephanie H Ameis, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Daniel M Blumberger, Pushpal Desarkar, Irene Drmic, Donald J Mabbott, Meng-Chuan Lai, Paul E Croarkin, Peter Szatmari
OBJECTIVE: Executive function (EF) deficits in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are ubiquitous and understudied. Further, there are no effective, neuroscience-based treatments to address this impairing feature of ASD. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has demonstrated promise in addressing EF deficits in adult neuropsychiatric disorders. This article will outline the design of a novel randomized-controlled trial of bilateral, 20 Hz, rTMS applied to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) for treatment of EF deficits in ASD that is currently ongoing...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346344/increased-force-variability-is-associated-with-altered-modulation-of-the-motorneuron-pool-activity-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
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Zheng Wang, Minhyuk Kwon, Suman Mohanty, Lauren M Schmitt, Stormi P White, Evangelos A Christou, Matthew W Mosconi
Force control deficits have been repeatedly documented in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They are associated with worse social and daily living skill impairments in patients suggesting that developing a more mechanistic understanding of the central and peripheral processes that cause them may help guide the development of treatments that improve multiple outcomes in ASD. The neuromuscular mechanisms underlying force control deficits are not yet understood. Seventeen individuals with ASD and 14 matched healthy controls completed an isometric index finger abduction test at 60% of their maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) during recording of the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle to determine the neuromuscular processes associated with sustained force variability...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346043/structural-abnormalities-in-the-primary-somatosensory-cortex-and-a-normal-behavioral-profile-in-contactin-5-deficient-mice
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Kristel T E Kleijer, Denise van Nieuwenhuize, Henk A Spierenburg, Sara Gregorio-Jordan, Martien J H Kas, J Peter H Burbach
Contactin-5 (Cntn5) is an immunoglobulin cell adhesion molecule that is exclusively expressed in the central nervous system. In view of its association with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this study focused on Cntn5-positive areas in the forebrain and aimed to explore the morphological and behavioral phenotypes of the Cntn5 null mutant (Cntn5(-/-)) mouse in relation to these areas and ASD symptomatology. A newly generated antibody enabled us to elaborately describe the spatial expression pattern of Cntn5 in P7 wild type (Cntn5(+/+)) mice...
March 27, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345281/correlates-of-alcohol-consumption-on-heavy-drinking-occasions-of-young-risky-drinkers-event-versus-personal-characteristics
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P Dietze, P A Agius, M Livingston, S Callinan, R Jenkinson, M S C Lim, C J C Wright, R Room
AIMS: Risky single occasion drinking (RSOD) by young people is a serious public health issue, yet little is known about the specific circumstances of risky drinking occasions. This study examined the independent effects of event- and individual-specific variables on RSOD. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study measuring self-reported RSOD and event- and individual-specific variables across two drinking occasions approximately one year apart. SETTING: Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia...
March 26, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345269/multi-task-diagnosis-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-using-multi-modality-features-a-multi-center-study
#5
Jun Wang, Qian Wang, Jialin Peng, Dong Nie, Feng Zhao, Minjeong Kim, Han Zhang, Chong-Yaw Wee, Shitong Wang, Dinggang Shen
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopment disease characterized by impairment of social interaction, language, behavior, and cognitive functions. Up to now, many imaging-based methods for ASD diagnosis have been developed. For example, one may extract abundant features from multi-modality images and then derive a discriminant function to map the selected features toward the disease label. A lot of recent works, however, are limited to single imaging centers. To this end, we propose a novel multi-modality multi-center classification (M3CC) method for ASD diagnosis...
March 27, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344974/assessing-preferences-for-animals-in-children-with-autism-a-new-use-for-video-based-preference-assessment
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REVIEW
Noémie A Guérin, Kerri E Rodriguez, Matthew T Brodhead, Marguerite E O'Haire
The inclusion of animals into interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing practice known as animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The choice of the animal to include in an intervention is often solely up to the interventionist and depends on their experience, subjective judgment, and ease of access to different animals. For individuals with ASD who are non-verbal and unable to indicate preferred stimuli or activities, incorporating preference into interventions has been linked to increases in positive behaviors and enhanced quality of life...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344757/leveraging-blood-serotonin-as-an-endophenotype-to-identify-de-novo-and-rare-variants-involved-in-autism
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Rui Chen, Lea K Davis, Stephen Guter, Qiang Wei, Suma Jacob, Melissa H Potter, Nancy J Cox, Edwin H Cook, James S Sutcliffe, Bingshan Li
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most highly heritable neuropsychiatric disorders, but underlying molecular mechanisms are still unresolved due to extreme locus heterogeneity. Leveraging meaningful endophenotypes or biomarkers may be an effective strategy to reduce heterogeneity to identify novel ASD genes. Numerous lines of evidence suggest a link between hyperserotonemia, i.e., elevated serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) in whole blood, and ASD. However, the genetic determinants of blood 5-HT level and their relationship to ASD are largely unknown...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344643/goliah-gaming-open-library-for-intervention-in-autism-at-home-a-6-month-single-blind-matched-controlled-exploratory-study
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Anne-Lise Jouen, Antonio Narzisi, Jean Xavier, Elodie Tilmont, Nicolas Bodeau, Valentina Bono, Nabila Ketem-Premel, Salvatore Anzalone, Koushik Maharatna, Mohamed Chetouani, Filippo Muratori, David Cohen
BACKGROUND: To meet the required hours of intensive intervention for treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we developed an automated serious gaming platform (11 games) to deliver intervention at home (GOLIAH) by mapping the imitation and joint attention (JA) subset of age-adapted stimuli from the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) intervention. Here, we report the results of a 6-month matched controlled exploratory study. METHODS: From two specialized clinics, we included 14 children (age range 5-8 years) with ASD and 10 controls matched for gender, age, sites, and treatment as usual (TAU)...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344564/investigating-the-grammatical-and-pragmatic-origins-of-wh-questions-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#9
Manya Jyotishi, Deborah Fein, Letitia Naigles
Compared to typically developing children, children with autism (ASD) show delayed production of wh-questions. It is currently controversial the degree to which such deficits derive from social-pragmatic requirements and/or because these are complex grammatical structures. The current study employed the intermodal preferential looking (IPL) paradigm, which reduces social-pragmatic demands. The IPL paradigm can help distinguish these proposals, as successful comprehension promotes the "pragmatics-origins" argument whereas comprehension difficulties would implicate a "grammatical-origins" argument...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343960/reduced-specificity-in-emotion-judgment-in-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Shuo Wang, Ralph Adolphs
There is a conflicting literature on facial emotion processing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD): both typical and atypical performance have been reported, and inconsistencies in the literature may stem from different processes examined (emotion judgment, face perception, fixations) as well as differences in participant populations. Here we conducted a detailed investigation of the ability to discriminate graded emotions shown in morphs of fear-happy faces, in a well-characterized high-functioning sample of participants with ASD and matched controls...
March 24, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343847/global-developmental-delay-and-intellectual-disability-associated-with-a-de-novo-top2b-mutation
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Ching-Wan Lam, Wai-Lan Yeung, Chun-Yiu Law
BACKGROUND: More than 100 genes had been identified for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the advancement of whole-exome/genome sequencing (WES/WGS), disease-causing gene in ASD can be identified in a holistic and unbiased approach. The identification of new ASD genes can further explore the molecular basis of ASD. METHODS: We report a 15yo girl with developmental delay, intellectual disability, hypotonia, microcephaly and autistic feature. She first presented at 6months old with primitive response to noise...
March 23, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343630/de-novo-truncating-mutations-in-the-last-and-penultimate-exons-of-ppm1d-cause-an-intellectual-disability-syndrome
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Sandra Jansen, Sinje Geuer, Rolph Pfundt, Rachel Brough, Priyanka Ghongane, Johanna C Herkert, Elysa J Marco, Marjolein H Willemsen, Tjitske Kleefstra, Mark Hannibal, Joseph T Shieh, Sally Ann Lynch, Frances Flinter, David R FitzPatrick, Alice Gardham, Birgitta Bernhard, Nicola Ragge, Ruth Newbury-Ecob, Raphael Bernier, Malin Kvarnung, E A Helena Magnusson, Marja W Wessels, Marjon A van Slegtenhorst, Kristin G Monaghan, Petra de Vries, Joris A Veltman, Christopher J Lord, Lisenka E L M Vissers, Bert B A de Vries
Intellectual disability (ID) is a highly heterogeneous disorder involving at least 600 genes, yet a genetic diagnosis remains elusive in ∼35%-40% of individuals with moderate to severe ID. Recent meta-analyses statistically analyzing de novo mutations in >7,000 individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders highlighted mutations in PPM1D as a possible cause of ID. PPM1D is a type 2C phosphatase that functions as a negative regulator of cellular stress-response pathways by mediating a feedback loop of p38-p53 signaling, thereby contributing to growth inhibition and suppression of stress-induced apoptosis...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343438/hsa-mir-27b-is-up-regulated-in-cytomegalovirus-infected-human-glioma-cells-targets-engrailed-2-and-inhibits-its-expression
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Linqian Wang, Ming Yang, Shijing Liao, Wei Liu, Gan Dai, Guojun Wu, Liyu Chen
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) dormant infection can alter the expression of the hosts' microRNAs (miRNAs) and impact on the regulation of target genes. To investigate the differentially expressed miRNAs induced by HCMV in human glioma U251 cells, a comprehensive miRNA screen was performed. As a result, 19 up-regulated and 14 down-regulated miRNAs were determined. Of these, hsa-miR-27b (miR-27b) attracted our attention. MiR-27b levels in U251 cells increased 7.70-fold, 8.64-fold, and 4.78-fold, respectively, post 24 h, 48 h, and 72 h HCMV infection, compared to those in the mimic-infected cells, and this up-regulation was further confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343348/process-analytical-techniques-for-hot-melt-extrusion-and-their-application-to-amorphous-solid-dispersions
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REVIEW
Patrick Hitzer, Tim Bäuerle, Tobias Drieschner, Edwin Ostertag, Katharina Paulsen, Holger van Lishaut, Günter Lorenz, Karsten Rebner
Newly developed active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are often poorly soluble in water. As a result the bioavailability of the API in the human body is reduced. One approach to overcome this restriction is the formulation of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs), e.g., by hot-melt extrusion (HME). Thus, the poorly soluble crystalline form of the API is transferred into a more soluble amorphous form. To reach this aim in HME, the APIs are embedded in a polymer matrix. The resulting amorphous solid dispersions may contain small amounts of residual crystallinity and have the tendency to recrystallize...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343342/caregiver-teacher-concordance-of-challenging-behaviors-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-served-in-community-mental-health-settings
#15
Nicole Stadnick, Colby Chlebowski, Lauren Brookman-Frazee
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit high rates of challenging behaviors that impair functioning and represent the primary presenting problem in mental health (MH) services. Obtaining symptom reports from multiple informants is critical for treatment planning. This study evaluated caregiver-teacher concordance of ratings of the intensity of challenging behaviors in children with ASD receiving MH services, and identified child clinical factors associated with concordance. This sample included 141 children (M = 9...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342404/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-and-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-may-be-equally-effective-in-reducing-anxiety-and-depression-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#16
Bram B Sizoo, Erik Kuiper
Anxiety and depression co-occur in 50-70% of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but treatment methods for these comorbid problems have not been systematically studied. Recently, two ASD-tailored protocols were published: mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We wanted to investigate if both methods are equally effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms among adults with ASD. 59 adults with ASD and anxiety or depression scores above 7 on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, gave informed consent to participate; 27 followed the CBT protocol, and 32 the MBSR treatment protocol...
March 22, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342168/bone-mass-in-boys-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#17
Chadi A Calarge, Janet A Schlechte
To examine bone mass in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Risperidone-treated 5 to 17 year-old males underwent anthropometric and bone measurements, using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and peripheral quantitative computed tomography. Multivariable linear regression analysis models examined whether skeletal outcomes differed among participants with (n = 30) versus without ASD (n = 156). After adjusting for potential covariates, having ASD was associated with significantly lower trabecular bone mineral density and bone strength at the radius, and with marginally lower total body less head bone mineral content (p < 0...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342166/second-language-exposure-functional-communication-and-executive-function-in-children-with-and-without-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd
#18
Grace Iarocci, Sarah M Hutchison, Gillian O'Toole
Parents and professionals are concerned that second language exposure may delay communication in children with ASD. In this study 174 youth (6-16 years) with and without ASD, exposed to a second language, were compared on executive function (EF) and functional communication (FC) with their peers without exposure. There were no significant differences between groups on age, IQ, and socioeconomic status. Parents reported on language exposure and rated EF and FC skills within everyday social contexts. The findings indicated that second language exposure in children with ASD is not associated with delay in cognitive and functional communication skills rather there was evidence of a reduced clinical impact as indexed by a lower percentage of children whose FC and EF ratings fell within the clinical range...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342165/formal-thought-disorder-and-executive-functioning-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-old-leads-and-new-avenues
#19
Tim Ziermans, Hanna Swaab, Alexander Stockmann, Esther de Bruin, Sophie van Rijn
Formal thought disorder (FTD) is a disruption in the flow of thought and a common feature in psychotic disorders and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Executive dysfunction has often been associated with FTD, yet for ASD convincing evidence is lacking. This study investigated FTD and three core executive functions in 50 young children and adolescents with high-functioning ASD and 56 matched controls. Higher overall levels of FTD marked ASD compared to controls. Furthermore, in ASD decreased performance on verbal working memory was correlated with increased FTD ratings and explained a significant amount of variance of objective and subjective FTD...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342163/brief-report-sexual-attraction-and-relationships-in-adolescents-with-autism
#20
Tamara May, Ken C Pang, Katrina Williams
Past research suggests more variation in sexual attraction in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using clinical samples. This study utilised a population representative group of 14/15 year olds from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Ninety-four adolescents (73 males, 21 females) with ASD and 3454 (1685 males, 1675 females) without self-reported on sexual attraction and past sexual relationships. Females with ASD reported lower rates of heterosexual preference (adjusted odds ratio: 0.14, p < ...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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