Today, in Part 2 of our series on the special issue of medical journal Pediatrics on fragile X, we'll recap what children's doctors need to know about the fragile X premutation.
Putting research findings into the hands of healthcare providers and other professionals is critical to providing better, more timely care to individuals with fragile X (FX). To aid in this effort, the medical journal Pediatrics published a special issue on FX in June. Over our next two posts, we'll look at the contributions of Our Fragile X World (OFXW) researchers to this issue. Today, we'll look at what this information means for doctors who treat children with fragile X syndrome (FXS).
Handling aggressive behavior can be an issue for parents of children with fragile X syndrome (FXS). Our Fragile X World researcher Dr. Anne Wheeler and our team wanted to learn more about aggression in children with FXS. We dove deeper into this topic through a survey of almost 800 caregivers (parents and guardians) of children of all ages with FXS. We wanted to learn about what kinds of aggression families face, what factors make a child more likely to be aggressive, and what this means for families. Today, we share five key things that we learned during our study.
In the past several years, we have learned that anxiety is one of the most common health issues faced by women who have the fragile X premutation. Unfortunately, there has been little research into treatment or support options. Our Fragile X World (OFXW) researchers want to learn more about ways to help women with the premutation deal with anxiety.
We used to think the only risk to fragile X carriers was the chance of having a child with fragile X syndrome. However, in the past 15 years, we have learned this isn’t true. In fact, research has found a range of health issues that are linked with being a carrier, or having a premutation. So, what do we know about the health risks that carriers face?
This month, the OFXW team is busy sharing the results of recent research. We're excited to present posters on five of our latest studies at two conferences. From looking at new ways of measuring behavior and brain function, to seeing how we can help people learn more about taking part in studies, we're covering a lot of ground this month.
The National Fragile X Foundation and FRAXA Research Foundation are two foundations that conduct research on fragile X syndrome. In October, The New York Times published an article about how medical charities and foundations have changed the face of research on rare diseases like fragile X.
According to a recent article from FRAXA Research Foundation, Our Fragile X World partner Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis is starting a new study for children with fragile X. Dr. Berry-Kravis is a well-recognized fragile X researcher and leads a fragile X clinic at Rush University Medical Center. This large-scale clinical trial will recruit children with fragile X ages 3 to 6 years old. The study will use an innovative design, combining both a treatment drug and a 6-month intensive language intervention. The drug, called AFQ056, is made by Novartis.
As fragile X researchers, it's important for all of us on the Our Fragile X World team to try to understand not only scientific information about fragile X, but also the lived experiences of individuals and families. Of course, we can't fully understand their journey, but we think reading stories and hearing directly from affected individuals can make a huge difference.
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