Shawn Christ, PhD, of the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri discusses how neurochemistry of the phenylketonuria (PKU) brain likely plays a role in the psychosocial changes seen in PKU patients not adhering to treatment.
Grocery shopping for a PKU diet can be frustrating at times. One of the breakout sessions at the 2014 NPKUA conference
was a trip to the grocery store for teenagers with PKU. They took a tour with a dietitian who gave them some tips on
what PKUers should look out for when shopping for groceries.
Dr. Harvey Levy with Boston Children’s Hospital shares some tips for new parents of children with PKU.
Do you want to connect with others in your area who are also impacted by PKU? Mackenzie Guiliano, an adult with PKU, gives tips for organizing meetups in your area with others in the PKU community.
Dr. Kristin Lindstrom describes PKU and shares her experiences treating people with the disorder. Learn symptoms to watch for, how high or unstable blood phenylalanine (Phe) levels can impact the brain, and why it is so critical to use every available tool to manage PKU for life.
Kea Crivelly with Tulane University Medical Center answers questions about Maternal PKU.
There is a lot to worry about and prepare for when having a new baby. From picking a new name for your baby to choosing the right diaper brand, parents are faced with many stressful decisions they will make for their new baby.
Luckily whether to do a newborn screening test isn’t a choice a new parent will have to make. Newborn screening tests are now required to be performed on all newborn babies but there was a time not so long ago that the screening was optional and may disorders went undiagnosed in newborns, which resulted in permanent mental disorders. PKU is one of the many genetic disorders that is on the newborn screening. If your baby is diagnosed with PKU it can be scary as a new parent. Understanding the condition and what to expect for your baby’s life is a lot to take in. There are 8 things listed below you should know about PKU listed below:
1. Early diagnosis of PKU birth can help prevent some serious problems, such as brain damage, organ damage, and more. Therefore, it is now required that all newborns are tested at birth for PKU.
2. PKU is a genetic metabolic disorder that greatly reduces the ability of those affected tometabolize phenylalanine, one of the aminoacids in protein. People with PKU must watch all their protein intake. They are only able to have certain levels in their blood to maintain good health.