Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Virtual Avatar Improved Attention and Memory

Using a virtual avatar to guide users during attention and memory tasks significantly improves the performance of people with Rett syndrome, according to a small study from Italy. The human-like interactive agent likely acts as a social motivator for these  patients, who often focus on the face of parents…

Nocturnal Teeth Grinding Linked to Frequent Snoring

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, during the night is associated significantly with frequent snoring in girls and women with Rett syndrome, an international database study shows. The data also support the previously reported high prevalence of bruxism (reported in 66.2% of patients) in…

MeCP2-boosting Approaches Led to Toxic Events in Mice

Providing a working version of MECP2 — the gene mutated in most cases of Rett syndrome — to cells reversed disease-specific symptoms in a mouse model of a common, milder form of Rett syndrome, a study shows. However, female mice treated with this approach showed signs of excessive, toxic levels of MeCP2,…