Autism Linked To Brain Neurotransmitter

Written by Kallie Provencher

Neuroscientists researching Autism have discovered a link between a neurotransmitter in the brain and the disease.

The scientists from Harvard and MIT found differences between people with Autism and those without the disorder when it came to a “breakdown in the signaling pathway used by GABA, one of the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitters,” according to Discovery News. 

The site also reported that this is the first time a brain neurotransmitter has been linked to the disease.

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Pinterest/ New Autism Research Links Neurotransmitter To Disease

Those with Autism are more sensitive to factors that don’t affect people without the disease as much, such as loud noise and brightness. The researchers found a link between a “key neurotransmitter that regulates inhibition and excitation in brain activity” and the disease.

They found this by using ” brain imaging coupled with a visual test known to trigger different reactions in the brains of people” with and without Autism, Discovery News reported. Now, this is the news anti-vaxxers need to read.

There are so many assumptions about what causes the disease, one of them being childhood vaccines. I don’t think anyone wants a whole generation of kids running around un-vaccinated, and perhaps this new study can help us avoid that.

Now, we just wait to see what causes these differences in the brain of those dealing with the condition.

Kallie Provencher is a Staff Writer for YMBNews. Follow her on Twitter @Kallie_pro, ‘like’ her on Facebook, or find her on Instagram @kallie_ymb.


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Kallie Provencher

Kallie is a self-proclaimed journalism junkie with a passion for the latest trends. She loves Diet Coke, succulents and sunny patios.