Researchers find possible link between autism and nuclear receptor protein LXRβ

Research by University of Houston scientists discovered a possible link between nuclear receptor protein LXRβ (Liver X receptor Beta) and autism spectrum disorder. They found that nuclear receptor LXRβ deletion causes poor development of dentate gyrus, a part of brain's hippocampus. The dentate gyrus, or DG, is responsible for emotion and memory and is known … Continue reading Researchers find possible link between autism and nuclear receptor protein LXRβ

Understanding molecular mechanisms behind germinal matrix hemorrhage

Researchers have utilized a mouse model to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying germinal matrix hemorrhage. Nearly 12,000 premature infants born annually in the US are affected by neonatal brain hemorrhage which results in mortality and long-term morbidity. Unfortunately, no treatment exists for this condition, and the only preventive measure is steroids before birth, which has … Continue reading Understanding molecular mechanisms behind germinal matrix hemorrhage

Understanding "social brain" neural networks in autistic children

A team of researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, studies how neural networks develop in brains of toddlers with autism. Their findings are published in the journal eLife.As infants grow, they start reacting and responding to social cues like human gestures, voices, and faces. During this time their social brain develops. "Social brain" … Continue reading Understanding "social brain" neural networks in autistic children

Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep

 A new study indicates that children's sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions.Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an increased … Continue reading Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep

Pediatric Hypertension underdiagnosed and undertreated

Hypertension and prehypertension in children often go undiagnosed, according to a new study published today in Pediatrics. The study focused on children with abnormal blood pressures across the United States, and is the first to show a widespread underdiagnosis of these conditions by pediatricians in children ages 3 to 18.Researchers analyzed the electronic health records … Continue reading Pediatric Hypertension underdiagnosed and undertreated