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Study links gene to sleep problems in autism

Deficiencies in the SHANK3 gene have been linked to sleep disruptions in both mouse models and people with ASD. Researchers found patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a genetic disorder associated with autism, report trouble falling, and staying asleep. In mouse models, animals lacking the SHANK3 gene had a reduction in deep sleep quality and spent more time awake when other mice were sleeping.... Read More...
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Shedding Light on the Body Clock’s Link to Mental Health and Disease

According to a new study, those who are genetically predisposed to be early risers have a lower risk of developing psychiatric conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as having better over all health. In contrast to other studies, researchers did not find a strong link between circadian rhythm and diseases such as obesity or diabetes.... Read More...