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Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice

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In mice bred to model autism spectrum disorder (ASD), scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan found that exercise spurred the removal of surplus connections in brain circuits and diminished autism-like behavior.

In a Cell Reports paper on their work, they explain how they showed that "voluntary wheel running ameliorates the abnormalities in sociability, repetitiveness, and anxiety" in ASD mice.

The findings lend weight to the idea that it may be possible to reverse some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD.

Senior study author Ryuta Koyama, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tokyo, points out that they did not force the mice to exercise; the voluntary nature of the physical activity was an important feature of the study.

In addition, the researchers did not explore different types of exercise and are not suggesting that people should now start using exercise as a treatment for ASD.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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