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Predicting Autism with Brain Imaging

For the first time, the autism researchers used MRIs of six-month infants to illustrate the brain region connection and their synchronization. This can further be used to predict the risk of developing autism in these babies by age 2. An earlier UNC-lead study used the MRIs to identify the differences in brain anatomy and predict which babies would develop autism as toddlers, published in the journal Nature.

Novel FOXO1 Inhibiting Insulin Sensitizers Developed

The main cause of type-2 diabetes is insulin resistance, where cells no longer respond to signals from the hormone insulin, which regulates glucose storage. An effective strategy for prevention and treatment of diabetes is restoring of insulin sensitivity. But the insulin-sensitizing drugs stimulate lipid (fat) production that can cause several serious side effects. However, new research, led by scientists from Columbia University Medical Center, revealed that insulin sensitivity could be improved while avoiding the adverse effects. The study findings were published in Cell.