Preventing Life Threatening Breathing Disorder of Rett Syndrome

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
October 5, 2010
Abstract: 

A group of researchers at the University of Bristol have sequestered the potentially fatal breath holding episodes associated with the autistic-spectrum disorder Rett syndrome. Using a unique combination of drugs, they have discovered that the area of the brain that allows breathing to persist throughout life without interruption has reduced levels of a transmitter substance called aminobutyric acid.