Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

Cardiac to Dental Problems Can Be Early Signal of Fragile X

Physical health is also affected by fragile X syndrome, with problems evident in the heart, digestive system, respiratory tract and even the teeth years before the cause of patients’ intellectual difficulties might be pinpointed, scientists report. Their study, “Artificial intelligence–assisted phenotype discovery of fragile X syndrome in…

Adapted Educational Strategies Can Help Children With Fragile X

Young children with fragile X syndrome can benefit in school when teachers, therapists, and other caregivers use coping techniques and educational strategies — some very simple — that are specially adapted for the students’ disorder. Katie Clapp, the president and co-founder of the Fragile X Research Association (FRAXA),…

Mice Without FMRP Protein Perceive Pain Differently

The fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) — missing or at low levels in people with fragile X syndrome — plays a key role in regulating chronic visceral pain, according to a study. Insufficient FMRP might explain some of the self-injurious behavior seen among people with fragile X syndrome.

Fragile X Premutation Registry Opens to Eligible Adults Worldwide

The International Fragile X Premutation Registry, built to facilitate research into disorders caused by “premutations” in the FMR1 gene, has launched globally and is inviting carriers of these mutations or relatives of fragile X patients to join. Opened last year in the United States by the UC Davis MIND Institute and…

International Fragile X Premutation Registry Launches in US

The National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) has launched the International Fragile X Premutation Registry to assist and encourage research into conditions caused by so-called premutations in the gene associated with fragile X syndrome. Created with an advisory committee of fragile X professionals, the registry has now been…

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