Autism Shares Genetic Features With Psychiatric Disorders

Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized
28 Feb 2013

Autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia, have in common variations in two genes. The two genes are involved in the balance of calcium in brain cells.

This finding opens up an important new approach to drug treatment for these conditions and diseases. It is believed that the calcium levels in the brain affects the growth and development of nerve cells.

The finding may contribute to reclassify the conditions based on the causes and not the symptoms.

This study is similar to studies of autoimmune disorders that have shown an overlap in genetic variants affecting a range of diseases.

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