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|Topic Started: Aug 3 2005, 05:11 PM (117 Views)|
|:sng1||Aug 3 2005, 05:11 PM Post #1|
Next door neighbour
Saw this on another site & thought you might be interested
American Autism Breakthrough August 02 2005
Scientists’ faulty gene discovery offers sufferers better treatment
American scientists have discovered a faulty gene linked to the onset of autism, which may help them provide more targeted treatment for sufferers. Researchers from two universities discovered that a single gene, the serotonin transporter gene (SERT) when mutated doesn’t produce a protein which usually mops up excessive serotonin in the brain.
The discovery is important as autism can be triggered by a number of factors – each of which then suggests a different treatment. By identifying the gene responsible for some cases of autism, scientists hope they can come up with a test that in turn identifies the 25% of people with the mutated gene. This specific group of sufferers are much more likely to respond well to antidepresseant drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes Prozac and Seroxat.
James Sutcliffe, a research leader, said: ‘You might be able to predict which kids would respond positively to particular SSRI medications.’
Hopefully this will help in the future.
|Minxy||Aug 3 2005, 05:48 PM Post #2|
|I think there is little doubt in most of our minds that there is a genetic link for autism. I know when I look through Mark's family there are plenty of indicators and the fact that two of my children have autism is another factor for me. We're a long way from understanding the hows and why's but it's a start eh?!|
|Lisablue||Aug 17 2005, 09:37 PM Post #3|
A special friend
Looking back I think my son's father, my ex husband, has Asperger's. He had few friends....was put in care at the age of 7.......expelled from 2 schools....and always looks at your chest when he talks to you instead of in the eyes...with just a brief glance up (that includes men...wasnt oggling breasts!)
So I would say it was definatly genetic.
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