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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Reviewed in the New York Times:
"Through the Glass Wall: Journeys into the Closed-Off Worlds of the Autistic" by Dr. Howard Buten. Bantam Books, $23.95.

"Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent's Guide" by Dr. Michael D. Powers with Janet Poland. Quill (Harper/Collins), $14.95.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 10-Aug-2004
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Scientists identify compounds that mimic calorie restriction
Compounds that mimic the effects of a low calorie diet but without a change in the amount of essential nutrients has been identified by investigators from an international consortium of research institutes, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers believe it may be possible to design drugs that imitate many of the beneficial effects of calorie restriction resulting in the prevention of diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, which are more common in people who are overweight.
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Louisiana Board of Regents Support fund, Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Community Program Human Potential, others

Public Release: 10-Aug-2004
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Brain's reward circuitry revealed in procrastinating primates
Scientists have turned procrastinating primates into workaholics by temporarily suppressing a gene in a brain circuit involved in reward learning. Without the dopamine receptor gene, the monkeys lost their sense of balance between reward and the work required to get it, because they could no longer learn to use visual cues to predict how their work was going to get them a reward.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
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