Recent Study Strengthens Autism and Schizophrenia Link

According to a news article “Brain tissue study bolsters autism, schizophrenia link” individuals with autism have brain patterns of gene expression related to individuals with schizophrenia. In a finding released publicly in May 24, individuals who either have schizophrenia or autism share descriptions such as language problems and problems in understanding other people’s feelings and thoughts.

The study is from a “characterized gene expression in postmortem brain tissue from 32 individuals with autism and 40 controls. In the new analysis, the researchers made use of that dataset as well as one from the Stanley Medical Research Institute that looked at 31 people with schizophrenia, 25 with bipolar disorder and 26 controls.

From the data, the researchers  found out 106 genes expressed at lower levels in people with schizophrenia and autism. These genes are significant in the development of neurons.

In the past studies, they did not involve brain tissue. Previous research relied on blood and others on neurons taken from stem cells.

The gene expression in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not notably similar, according to the current research. Although schizophrenia is said to have stronger genetic ties to bipolar disorder than to autism. A more extensive research is believed to may reveal an overlap between the two conditions.

The similarities in gene expression between schizophrenia and autism could stem from a shared mechanism for the two conditions. Or they may reflect common processes that compensate for the other brain changes,” the published article said.

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If you learn or suspect that your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the best thing to do is to start the treatment right away. Seek help and don’t wait to see if your child can outgrow the problem or catch up later.

Learn about autism as much as  you can. The more you educate yourself the more equipped you will be in making decisions for your child with autism.

Become an expert on your child. Understand what affects  your child, that triggers disruptive or bad behaviors. Know what elicits a positive response.

Accept your child. Celebrate small developments and accept your child’s uniqueness.



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