Circadian rhythm genes reveal a connection to autism

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A new study is showing that Clock Gene mutation is found to contribute to the development of Autism.
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Who’s this for:

  1. for anyone who has Autism.
  2. for anybody in your life who has Autism.
  3. for anybody who’s just interested in Autism.

The science behind Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to evolve on a very regular basis. This new study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry; and, the findings are making huge connections to the understanding of good sleep and Autism.

What are some points I should focus on?

Look, we’ve known for some time now that people with Autism have a difficult time with sleep. Over 70% of all children diagnosed with Autism have difficulty with their sleep.

The interesting thing to know in the study cited above: researchers are finding new data that suggests that people with Autism may have a mutation in their clock genes. It's important to know that clock genes help set our circadian rhythm.

And, if our circadian rhythms are off-kilter, poor sleep & difficulty sleeping are two of the main symptoms.

Doctor’s Expert Opinion

What should I do next?

Even though the study shows that there may be a connection between Clock Genes and Autism, it's important that people rule out some of the more common sleep issues.

For example, issues like reflux & obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to sleeping problems for people with Autism. These issues need to be assessed and treated.

Also, keep in mind: this study doesn’t prove that all sleeping problems in people with Autism are happening because of mutations in their clock genes.

Ask your doctor about the: M-CHAT-R Test. Take it here.

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Health Stuff TO Know provides digestible health & medical news from doctors. Expert information on the day's top health news. Dr. Puja Uppal is a board-certified physician. Dr. Uppal is Chief Medical Officer of Health Stuff TO Know & ThinkHealthy

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