CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1991 |
A genetic discovery may pave the way for better tests to determine if an unborn baby will inherit a common form of mental retardation, French researchers said last week. They reported in the journal Nature that they have found new genetic features of Fragile X syndrome--the second most common type of inherited mental retardation after Down's syndrome--that may help improve genetic counseling for the disorder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1991 |
In 1983, Jeannie Lancaster was worried about her oldest son's slow development, and her pediatrician urged having the boy tested for Fragile X Syndrome, a little-known and incurable form of inherited mental retardation. "We were aware of significant problems with our oldest son and had been looking for an answer because we were seeing similarities in our younger son," Lancaster said. "Our pediatrician attended a seminar on genetic conditions where Fragile X was presented.
June 21, 2009
Your story on Ayelet Waldman's book "Bad Mother" ["A Real Mother of a Job," June 14] continues a recent spate of articles on her and interviews with her, many focusing on her views on abortion. I am the mother of a 23-year-old son with fragile X syndrome, a condition that caused, in the words of Waldman, a "mentally retarded person." Her casual use of this term, together with a press that seems to think it's OK for people to use such derogatory language to describe mentally disabled people, concerns me. Are we ready to respect people who use sexist language and racial slurs?
May 30, 1991 |
U.S. and Dutch researchers have discovered the defective gene that causes fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation. The report of the discovery, which will be published Friday in the journal Cell, is exciting to researchers because it offers for the first time the ability to perform prenatal screening for the disorder, and may eventually lead to the discovery of new ways to treat it. The syndrome affects one in every 1,250 males and one in every 2,000 females.
February 6, 2014 |
A generic blood pressure drug could prevent hyperactive brain cell firing associated with early stages of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study. Injecting pregnant mice with Bumetanide, a diuretic, appears to correct a developmental switch flipped during childbirth that reverses the firing characteristics of neurons in newborns, according to a study published online Thursday in the journal Science. Bumetanide mimics the effects of oxytocin, a hormone released during labor that helps protect newborns from the stresses and complications of birth, the study found.
June 3, 2013 |
Hyperactive brain cells firing together could be an early indicator of autism and developmental disabilities, a team of UCLA researchers has found. Networks of neurons were found to be firing in a highly synchronized and seemingly unrelenting fashion, even through sleep, in the brains of juvenile mice that have a genetic abnormality similar to one that causes mental retardation and autism symptoms in humans, according to the research published online Monday in Nature Neuroscience.