February 2013

The encouraging part is that the study identifies a particular developmental pathway in the brain that is common to all five, and thus may suggest that ADHD, depression, autism, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia may be on a sort of genetic continuum.

Mental illnesses share common DNA roots, study finds.


I wish I had heard about PRT when Rob was younger. It appears to have some things in common with RDI, which I have discussed elsewhere on this blog. This article says that PRT can help even teenagers:  I wonder about adults? Of course, the idea is to target these areas of brain function while the brain is still developing.

PRT: “A targeted technique meant to improve social engagement among children with autism spectrum disorders, PRT forgoes the focus on specific skills, like block-building, to concentrate instead on so-called “pivotal areas,” such as motivation, in hopes of inducing a cascading effect with similar impact across multiple areas.”

Read more at http://scienceblog.com/60303/begavior-therapy-for-autism-kids-can-impact-brain-function/#AsWrX9QcZ3jwVrEe.99

I really wish I could get Rob into a clinical trial using oxytocin; but they seem to be few and far between. I have seen some supplements available on the web that claim to contain oxytocin but I’m hesitant to try them outside of a doctor’s supervision.

via Trying to reverse autism’s course.

This is a promising study, but only so far in mouse brains. But if the finding holds up in humans, it bodes well for understanding the etiology of autism and schitzophrenia, and even suggests possible modes of in-utero treatment.

Health & Family

Genes connected to the two disorders may only be active for a brief window of time.

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