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ADHD Breakthrough: Scientists Identify Genetic Mutation — Great News!

Mon, April 18, 2011 2:10pm EDT by 1 Comment

The discovery can lead to better treatment through medicine and therapy for kids!

Scientists have identified a mutant gene that triples the chances of hyperactivity in children, giving hope they will be able to better treat cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD.

The disorder, marked by hyperactivity, impulsiveness and a lack of concentration, often leaves children frustrated at their inability to integrate with their peers, and parents feeling guilty, as if poor parenting could somehow cause their child’s issues.

The gene in question — GIT1 — balances excitability and inhibition in a child, and when it is 0ff-kilter it can affect the child’s ability to adapt to situations. Through a better understanding of the gene, scientists are hoping to perfect medicine to help soothe the symptoms in kids, the Daily Mail reports.

This sounds super-promising in helping kids — and parents — whose lives are affected by ADHD!

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