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Dachel Media Update: Autism and Schizophrenia, Georgia Coverage

Posted Feb 01 2013 12:00am


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

"The study, while in mice, could provide clues about how the developmental disorders develop. Focusing on a region of the brain known as the subplate, where the first nerve cells develop, researchers at the University of Oxford, King's College London and Imperial College London found that genes linked to autism and schizophrenia were only active in these regions during early stages of brain development.

"Neurons in the subplate region form the foundation for the network of neural connections that eventually crisscross the brain. Studying the way that nerves develop and join this network can reveal where the growth can go wrong and trigger diseases such as autism or schizophrenia.”

Neurons in the subplate? The growth goes wrong? WHY? The words “environmental factors” show up at the end. Most of the piece is dedicated to pretending that autism is a curious genetic disorder scientists just can’t quite figure out.

Happily, all my comments have LIVE LINKS.


“There are 30-thousand families in the Peach State that have children with autism and Georgia doesn't require insurance companies to cover treatment. Monday, local representative Ben Harbin of Evans introduced a bill that could change that. Jillian Benfield interviewed him exclusively from his office in Atlanta.

“The bill Harbin dropped Monday at the state house is called Ava's law. If passed it could save families who have children with autism anywhere from $25,000-$75,000 a year in getting treatment….”

No one asks why there is this huge need for services for a disorder that was unheard of 25 years ago. Maybe when they start to add up the eventual lifetime care cost, the state governments will demand to know why this is happening.

Posted by Age of Autism at February 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM in Anne Dachel Permalink

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