An Epigenetic Model of Autism and a Warning Regarding Risperdal

On September 1, 2012, 5:52 am

AO/GR 2012 Conference. William Walsh, PhD.

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It is becoming increasingly clear that autism is epigenetic in nature. A model of autism is presented that explains the non-Mendellian heritability of autism, vulnerability to environmental insults, the regression event, and the persistence of autism symptoms after onset. Risperdal is a psychiatric medication that has been widely used to improve behavioral symptoms in ASD children. Use of this drug for children during a period of rapid brain development is difficult to justify.

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