Brain’s Insular Cortex Yields Clues for New Autism Treatments

Autism Lobby Fights for Coverage Mandate
Autism Lobby Fights for Coverage Mandate
Research found that equilibrium between excitation and inhibition in the cortex was off in mice with autism, but equilibrium was achieved with diazepam.

Scientists from Harvard University and the Max-Planck Institute have unraveled a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism. The insular cortex is an integral “hub,”combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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