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Study Confirms Serotonin's Link to Autism

A new study has suggested that serotonin plays a vital role in autism spectrum disorders. ...Read More

Posted on : Sunday, February 27, 2011 12:01 AM
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First of all the study "suggests" but does not "confirm" anything. Also the suggestion is based on weak correlative values. Secondly, if you are reporting about a link between two things, then I think both things need to be mentioned. Serotonin is mentioned but not autism. Were the mice autistic and did not socialize before the buspirone? The article discusses serotonin at length and describes what it does for the nerves in the brain, but what does that mean for autism? Where is the "confirmation" that serotonin is linked to anything but increased interest in strangers or maybe a certain hypervigilance around newcomers. I don't get why this is does that mean that the
Replied on Sunday, February 27, 2011 12:01 AM

Elaine49
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My Granddaughter has Rett Syndrome, when she is at rest , sleepy or on awakening the hand mouthing that she does continuously throughout the day is not carried out. She lies relaxed sometimes with her hands above her head and she vocalises. This semi- sleeping relaxed state in my opinion has some significance just not sure what it means? She almost looks as though she did not have Rett syndrome,until she is fully awake then it all starts again.
Replied on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 7:47 AM
 




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