26
Jan

The largest-ever whole genome sequencing study of autism published online today challenges long-held beliefs about the heritability of ASD.

Autism is known to run in families, and experts had assumed that siblings with the disorder were inheriting the same autism risk genes from their parents. Findings reported in "Whole-genome sequencing of quartet families with autism spectrum disorder" disprove that assumption in the majority of cases.

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23
Jan

NIMH Director Thomas Insel blogs on "the dismal state of funding for US biomedical research" today.

"As Alberts et al recently noted there is both a sense of hyper-competitiveness and despair in the academic community, with many young scientists deciding that a career in science is no longer practical, at least not in this country."

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22
Jan

An assessment of the mental health of the nation, published today by the Mental Health Commission of Canada today found significant increases in anxiety and mood disorders among youth, as well as reports of caregiver stress.

"Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada" identifies 13 indicators, gathered from a variety of sources including government services, research institutions, public health agencies that are key elements in a snapshot of mental health in Canada in 2012. 

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