Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

Mecp2 – Rett Syndrome – Statins Treatment

A suppressor screen in Mecp2 mutant mice implicates cholesterol metabolism in Rett syndrome http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/ng.2714.html Monica Justice and colleagues performed a genetic suppressor screen in Mecp2-null mice, which recapitulate symptoms of Rett syndrome, a neurological disease with autistic features. They identify … Continue reading

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Epilepsy – Autism – GRIN2A Gene connection III– Speech and Language Dysfunction

GRIN2A mutations in acquired epileptic aphasia and related childhood focal epilepsies and encephalopathies with speech and language dysfunction http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ng.2726.html Pierre Szepetowski and colleagues report the identification of mutations in GRIN2A in individuals with acquired epileptic aphasia and related childhood focal … Continue reading

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Epilepsy – Autism – GRIN2A Gene connection II – Aphasia / Speech Abnormalities

Progress made in linking some forms of epilepsy to genetics http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/08/12/progress-made-in-linking-some-forms-of-epilepsy-to-genetics/ Some epilepsy patients who have both seizures and speech abnormalities share something else in common. They have mutations on the same gene. Their rare condition is called epilepsy-aphasia. University … Continue reading

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Epilepsy – Autism – GRIN2A Gene connection

Disease gene discovered for frequent epilepsy in childhood http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/homepage/news-and-topstories/en/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=3646&cHash=008f439622 (Vienna, 12th August 2013) More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with a third of these being children. The most common forms of epilepsy in children occur without any apparent … Continue reading

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Pregnancy , Labor – Induced / Augmented – Autism

Inducing and Augmenting Labor May be Associated with Increased Risk of Autism http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/news/inducing-and-augmenting-labor-may-be-associated-with-increased-risk-of-autism By Duke Medicine News and Communications DURHAM, N.C. — Pregnant women whose labors are induced or augmented may have an increased risk of bearing children with autism, … Continue reading

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