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A Potential Cure for Autism: New Research Finds That Gene Therapy Could Treat Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome

A new study has shown that gene therapy may be able to prevent or reverse many deleterious effects of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome New research from the UNC Neuroscience Center lab of Ben Philpot, Ph.D., finds restoring lost gene activity prevents many disease signs in an animal model of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, a rare, single-gene neurodevelopmental condition. Pitt-Hopkins …

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Broad Spectrum of Autism Depends on Spectrum of Genetic Factors – Neuroscience News

Summary: Genetic factors influence the severity of symptoms in children on the autism spectrum, and different genetic factors were associated with different symptoms of ASD. Source: UCSD Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is referred to as a “spectrum” because clinical features of ASD range from mild social impairments in some people to severe intellectual disability or …

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A study of 4.5million children in Nordic countries found that 1.5 per cent of youngsters born to mothers not taking medication were autistic, while 0.8 per cent had learning disabilities. But the rates soared among mothers taking topiramate (pictured), with 4.3 per cent of youngsters having autism and 3.1 per cent being diagnosed with learning difficulties by the age of eight

Pregnant women taking epilepsy drugs up to 2.5-times more likely to have child with autism

Women who take epilepsy drugs during pregnancy may be significantly more likely to have a child with autism or learning difficulties, research suggests.  A study of of 4.5million children found rates of the conditions were twice as high in youngsters whose mothers were on topiramate or valproate. The overall incidence of autism and learning disabilities in children …

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