Explaining the first treatment step for sensory overstimulation in autistic people
Learning based on research by Benjine Gerber
- Project K: Preventing and treating sensory overstimulation
This page introduces my project. The scope of my paper is confined to the initial treatment steps for sensory overstimulation, which require an understanding of molecular and cell biology.
- Voltage-gated calcium channels
This is what I intend to study and write about.
- Tony Breu is doing my homework for me!
My homework for Project K requires me to explain (inter alia) why hypomagnesaemia must be dealt with if we hope to treat hypokalaemia, which causes sensory overstimulation. And I have to include citations.
- My first video about sensory overstimulation
This video was first screened at the South Asia International Autism Conference in February 2015.
- What I'm learning about ATPase and ion channels
Thanks to Tony Breu's mention of ATPase in that thread about treating hypokalaemia, I have learned important things this week. Here are some of my insights.
- Taurine and calcium homeostasis
Taurine can potentially improve calcium homeostasis. It reduces intracellular levels of calcium. It also regulates mitochondrial calcium homeostasis.
- CACNA1A, confirmation bias and concept-based learning
Tonight I realised that my study method is suboptimal. I probably understand only one-third of what I am reading, which is not good. Here is the challenge I set myself.
- My wacky best-guess CACNA1A definitions
Without looking anything up, I attempt to define a list of terms from a medical research paper.
- Bicistronic genes... ummm!
Here's the challenge: I now need to understand what cistrons are. I know what loci means, sort of. It means 'places'. But, having looked up loci, I see that it has quite a specific meaning in genetics.
- Lipids: A new set of shards to piece together
Fat necrosis, lipolymphoedema, a hectic mutation... and sensory overload.
- Bicistronic genes: No wonder I am confused!
Two cistrons deliver one mRNA molecule which then provides instructions for two proteins. Did I get it now?
- Action potential and ion channels in axons
I just learned a whole lot about how neurotransmission works.
- My first Glossary entry: autosomal-dominant
I promised myself that I would not enter anything into my Glossary until I actually truly believe that I understand it.
- My learning about sensory overload: some important updates
Hyperkalaemic versus hypokalaemic sensory overstimulation, and several starting points for the same end problem.
- Electrolyte dance partners
Electrolyte dysregulation plays a key role in sensory overload. Electrolytes act as agonists and antagonists to one another, like dance partners.
- Mitochondria: function, genomics and disease
I recently watched this fantastic lecture and I was spellbound.
- Magnesium deficiency
Do you have leg cramps, constipation, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, eye twitches and sensory overload?