February/March 2017

"This research opens the door to be able to identify those needing intervention during the first year of life, before the full emergence of autism. Delivering early intervention offers hope that we can blunt the development of autism and set the stage to dramatically improve long-term outcomes."
- Robert Schultz, PhD, Director, Center for Autism Research

Peanut Power: New Guidelines Encourage Early Introduction of Peanuts Into Diets

Parents have feared peanut-containing foods for many years and excluded them from their infants’ diets, but new guidelines say it’s time to make friends once again with our favorite lowly legume. Yes, it’s true — peanuts are not nuts, after all. Now that we’ve completely turned your world upside down, here’s the science behind the latest recommendations.

Oligodendrocytes Yield New Insights for Myelin Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

Cells with a funny name called oligodendrocytes make myelin in your central nervous system, which includes your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. “Oligo” means “small.” “Dendros” are “branches” that come out of a cell. And “cytes” are “cells.” So oligodendrocytes are very small cells with many lacey arms.

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