Saturday, January 3, 2015

US researchers identify gene network linked to autism

U.S. scientists have identified a molecular network of genes known to contribute to autism spectrum disorders, and they say their finding may help uncover new genes linked to these conditions.

According to the news release, researchers used gene expression data and genome sequencing to study the whole set of interactions within a cell, and they identified a module comprised of 119 proteins linked to autism genes.
Researchers also found that the corpus callosum and oligodendrocyte cells in the brain can contribute to autism.  Oligodendrocytes are myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system, and the corpus callosum is a huge band of myelinated fibers. Myelin, which is comprised of proteins and phospholipids, forms a sheath around nerve fibers and increases the speed at which impulses are conducted.
"In the future, we need to study how the interplay between different types of brain cells or different regions of the brain contribute to this disease,” study author Jingjing Li, postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, said in the news release.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Journey Down The Stomach

and down through the Intestines.

I have gotten a huge amount of gas lately…It's really bad when you fart so loud you wake up your husband.   Hubby's eyes popped open.  He jerked his head up and then promptly went back to sleep.  He didn't remember a thing.

So, I decided to go to the doctor.  Went to see Dr. L.  who specializes in hard to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS.  She looked at my gums and my tongue.  Poked around at my stomach.  Decided she didn't need to do another round of endoscopies but that she would do the colonoscopy since it's been 5 years since my last one.

She gave me a script for xifaxen, an antibiotic.  And boy, howdy, does that help. After day 3, I felt a lot better with less tummy ache, farts.  I had a lot more energy.  Some of the white coating on my tongue went away as well.

My vision improved as well especially in terms of depth perception.

Dr. L is also recommending that I do FODMAPS diet.  This diet eliminates certain carbohydrates, ie.  FODMAPS -- Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols.  So basically eliminating Dairy, Gluten, certain vegetables and fruits, processed foods.    Apparently, everyone is a little different and will need to tailor this diet to themselves.  So, there is some possibility that I could go back to eating a little bread and maybe having a little dairy later on.  

But for now, I have to try to be good.

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