Using mice to understand the genetics behind autism

Numerous studies have tried to understand the genetic component of autism in an effort to understand the origins of the disorder. A few key genes have come up as important including a gene known as CHD8 or Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8. This gene has been shown to be mutated in some individuals with autism and be…

Low dose Suramin shows small improvements in males with Autism Spectrum Disorder, suggesting new theory about disease origins

Autism is a complex disorder with numerous suspected causes that include genetic abnormalities, exposure to certain prescription drugs during pregnancy, a children born to older parents. At the heart of it autism is considered to be a problem of abnormal brain development that may result in an inability to prune unnecessary neurons from the brain.…

Caffeine increases the levels of an enzyme thought to be protective against dementia

Dementia is a disease that mainly affects older people and is characterized by difficulties with coordination and speech, memory distortions, restlessness, and problems with perception. People with dementia also suffer from behavioural changes which can include depression, irritability, anxiety, apathy, and agitation. 20-40% of people over the age of 85 will be diagnosed with dementia…

Mutated protein chokes off and kills neurons leading to ALS

In 2014 there was a massive undertaking to raise money to fund research for a cure to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This fund raising effort was hugely successful raising over $100 million for ALS research across the world. ALS is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects the neurons that control the movement of your muscles.…