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AUTISM

INHERITED VARIATIONS IN NON-CODING SECTIONS OF DNA ASSOCIATED WITH AUTISM; STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON PATERNALLY-INHERITED GENETIC RISK FACTORS
A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to a growing body of research describing genetic contributors to ASD.   Click here to read more. 

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From the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Update 

Good News Team Two Bulletin:  Team Two is a training to promote a collaborative response among first responders to a mental health crisis.  It focuses on the safety, clinical and legal aspects of different scenarios, and provides an overview of current legal issues and available resources.  This training is a collaboration be-tween the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Mental Health.  Their first bulletin is available here.

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BRAIN FUNCTION

BIGGER HUMAN BRAIN PRIORITIZES THINKING HUB – AT A COST; NIH STUDY FINDS INFORMATION INTEGRATION TRUMPS EMOTIONAL, SENSORY, MOTOR FUNCTIONS
Some human brains are nearly twice the size of others – but how might that matter? NIMH researchers and their NIH grant-funded colleagues have discovered that these differences in size are related to the brain’s shape and the way it is organized. The bigger the brain, the more its additional area is accounted for by growth in thinking areas of the cortex, or outer mantle – at the expense of relatively slower growth in lower order emotional, sensory, and motor areas.  Click here to read more.