Researchers Find Links to Certain Genetic Disorders in Walking Patterns

Rutgers researchers have linked the genetic disorders Fragile X and SHANK3 deletion syndrome--both associated with autism and health problems--to walking patterns by examining the microscopic movements of those wearing motion-sensored sneakers. The method, published online on October 22, 2021 in Scientific Reports, detects gait problems 15 to 20 years before their clinical diagnosis and could help advance intervention models to preserve brain structure and function. The open-access article is titled “Optimal Time Lags from Causal Prediction Model Help Stratify and Forecast Nervous System Pathology.”

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