On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.
In my previous article I was remiss in mentioning that my husband was screened and thankfully found to be clear of the Gaucher gene, therefore our daughter is a normal healthy young woman who will never suffer from Gaucher disease. Genetic counselling and testing is recommended for families who may be carriers of the Gaucher gene.
Movies have always cast predictions about the future of science and technology. Sometimes they conclude that the future's bright. Exciting. But most of the time? It's bleak. There's death. Destruction. Misguided Will Smith adaptations of classic novels. The conclusion we can draw from Hollywood about futuristic tech is that it's dark, dangerous and not to be trusted.
Choice is, "Shall we paint the bedroom blue or green?" or even "'Shall we start a family?" Choice is not, "Shall I have constant PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) flashbacks?", nor is it, "Shall I be bipolar and be so hard to live with that my partner leaves me?" It is also not, "Shall I feel so depressed that I'll think about ending it all?"
Hair may look like a relatively simple structure, you see it every day, it's on your head, whereas in fact it is a very complex organ. It is an organ that reproduces itself approximately every three years which means that all the hair that is on your head today will in approximately three years time be completely gone and replaced by a whole new set of hair follicles!
Last week we were all shocked by the heartbreaking photos of Hope the dog who was found emaciated and half the weight she should have been. She was described by a vet as the thinnest dog she'd seen alive.