TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE AUTISM GENDER RATIO FAVORS BOYS

14 Apr

​GIRLS ARE BETTER THAN BOYS AT MASKING SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM​

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/316738.php

RESEARCH NEWS

19 Feb


A POTENTIAL GENE-BASED TREATMENT FOR SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL IMPAIRMENTS IN AUTISM

 

EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR THE VARIOUS PERIPHERAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASD (AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER) , THOUGH STILL FEW, HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED IN THE LITERATURE.

ALTHOUGH IT HAS NOT BEEN FOR A LACK OF RESEARCH EFFORTS, EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR THE CORE SYMPTOMS OF ASD REMAIN UNKNOWN.

A RESEARCH TEAM FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS PUBLISHED THEIR FINDINGS REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF TREATING SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL IMPAIRMENT IN AUTISM.

THE TREATMENT INVOLVES ADMINISTRATION OF AN ANTIBIOTIC, ALREADY FOUND TO ALLEVIATE ANXIETY AND TO TREAT TUBERCULOSIS.

BASING THEIR APPROACH ON THE KNOWN ROLE OF GENETICS IN THE CAUSAL PATHWAY TOWARDS AUTISM AND USING MICE AS THE RESEARCH SUBJECTS, THE RESEARCHERS TESTED THE EFFECT OF THE ANTIBIOTIC D-CYCLOSERINE ON THE FUNCTIONING OF A GENE (PCDH10) LINKED WITH REDUCED SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL IMPAIRMENTS.

THE RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED ON MICE WHO HAD BEEN ENGINEERED TO LACK A GENE LINKED WITH SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL FUNCTIONING. FOLLOWING TREATMENT WITH THE ANTIBIOTIC, APPLIED TO THE NEURONS IN THE AMYDALA OF THE MICE (IN WHOM ONE COPY OF THE TARGETED GENE (PCDHI10) WAS DELETED),

THE RESEARCHERS OBSERVED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE SOCIAL BEHAVIORS OF THE MICE.

THE STUDY IS EARLY AND MANY QUESTIONS REMAIN TO BE ANSWERED.

THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED IN MICE, RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS IS NEEDED.

THE ANTIBIOTIC D-CYCLOSERINE HAS BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANXIETY AND URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS. LABORTORY STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THE ANTIBIOTIC D-CYCLOSERINE BOOSTS NMDA GLUTAMATE FUNCTION WHICH IS AN INDICATOR OF DISRUPTED CONNECTIVITY IN NEURAL CIRCUITS. THE LATTER PHENOMENON, IN TURN, HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE AUTISM

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS RESEARCH IS THAT DATA FROM THE STUDY ARE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE FURTHER INSIGHT ON HOW GENES IMPACT AUTISM. FURTHERMORE, IF SHOWN TO BE EFFICACIOUS FOR HUMAN SUBJECTS WITH AUTISM, TREATMENT WITH D-CYCLOSERINE WOULD BE EXCEPTIONAL IN ITS POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PERSONS WITH AUTISM WHOSE PROMINENT IMPAIRMENT IS IN THE REALM OF SOCIAL ABILITIES.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, volume 81, Issue 3 (2017). Authors: Hannah Schoch, Arati S. Kreibich, Sarah I Ferri, et al.

Growing Up with Autism: Journeys of Love, Devotion, and Love Book Review

25 Jan


A review of "Growing Up with Autism" has been published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 25, 2017. The reviewer is Olive H Tripon. The review article is entitled – Parents of autistic childfren: ‘Hope is the air we breathe".
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/251878/parents-autistic-children-hope-air-breathe/

The hard-bound copy is available at Vico’s Artism Gallery in Pasig City, Manila. For orders call: 638-7976

The book is also available as an ebook on amazon.com.

We hope you read the book, it’s a short read, and let us know your thoughts about the book, autism, and parenting for autism.

FREE Seminar on Feb 8, 2017

23 Jan

Keeping Up With Autism : Diagnosis, Medical and Dental Interventions

Understanding autism better

23 Jan

EDITORIAL

Understanding autism better
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Understanding Autism Better

23 Jan

EDITORIAL

Understanding autism better
Phiippine Daily Inquirer / January 19, 2017 Release
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TED TALK BY TEMPLE GRANDIN

22 Dec

THE WORLD NEEDS ALL KINDS OF MINDS

https://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tedspread

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