Friday, February 12, 2010

Fragile X and Tactile Hypersensitivity

New research regarding Fragile X syndrome and sensory hypersensitivity to touch has been discovered. Using a mouse model, scientists have determined that there is a delay in the development of the sensory cortex that responds to touch. The mice showed a delay in the development of synapses in the sensory cortex. The researchers are hopeful that during this delay period a therapeutic intervention can take place to help lessen the symptoms of tactile hypersensitivity.

Reference: Northwestern University (2010, February 11). New clue why autistic people don't want hugs. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 12, 2010, from­ /releases/2010/02/100211121758.htm

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