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Early Autism Diagnosis Offers Hope

By Australasian Science Magazine

A new study has concluded that it is possible to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) much earlier than normally occurs. Early intervention can significantly change the outcomes for children who are diagnosed at a younger age.

A new study has concluded that it is possible to diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) much earlier than normally occurs. Early intervention can significantly change the outcomes for children who are diagnosed at a younger age.

Foetal Motor Neuron Imbalance Hard-Wires Later Problems

The discovery that motor neuron connections are refined in the weeks before and just after birth, and are crucial for normal development later, could lead to a better understanding of developmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy.

A/Profs Peter Noakes and Mark Bellingham of The University of Queensland made the discovery during research into the motor neurons that control breathing.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Lung

By Stephen Luntz

Depression and chronic lung disease are linked, according to a review of research in the area.

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Briefs

By Stephen Luntz

Blackcurrants improve alertness, chocolate makes you calm, climate change shrinks waves, and more.

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Stem cells restore bones damaged by osteoporosis

A study recently published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine points the way to a new, potentially restorative treatment for age-related or type II osteoporosis. When a single dose of a certain type of stem cell, called mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), was injected into mice with the disease, long-term bone engraftment and quality bone growth resulted. As an added benefit, the cells protected existing bone from damage.