EGL Genetics Blog

Latest Findings in Autism Research

Posted by Eleina Cox on Apr 19, 2017 3:00:00 PM

In 2007, the United Nations designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. Since 2013, all subcatergories of autism ( i.e. Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) have been placed 
under an umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With one in 68 children diagnosed with ASD, autism is a well-known medical condition, and awareness of it has permeated everyday life. In the United States, federal laws such as the Autism CARES Act of 2014, a bipartisan effort signed by President Obama, authorized more funding for research, assistance programs and provided protection for those living with ASD. In pop culture, movies such as Rain Man, have showcased leading characters with autistic features. Two weeks ago, Sesame Street, the American children’s television series, debuted Julia, its first muppet with autism, to the cast. As public awareness continues to grow, the importance of further research to better understand the etiology of autism becomes even more vital.

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Topics: Autism, awareness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, whole genome sequencing, research funding

An Undiagnosed Rare Disease Times 4! Meet the Szajnuk Family.

Posted by Danyella Davis on Jan 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Thank you to this month's "My Beautiful CHILD" guest blogger, Gina Szajnuk, for sharing her family's diagnostic odyssey. 

My name is Gina Szajnuk and I am the mother of three children, Ava, Lucy, and Oskar. Each have an undiagnosed genetic dysfunction. I too am undiagnosed. We live in a diagnostic odyssey times four. Since the beginning of our journey, we have been to eight hospitals in now five states. 

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Topics: rare disease, whole genome sequencing, whole exome sequencing

 

 

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