Patricia Inácio, PhD, science writer —

Patricia holds her PhD in cell biology from the University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and has served as an author on several research projects and fellowships, as well as major grant applications for European agencies. She also served as a PhD student research assistant in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University, New York, for which she was awarded a Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) fellowship.

Articles by Patricia Inácio

PS128 probiotic found to ease leg muscle contractions in Rett patients

The probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum PS128 was found to ease involuntary leg muscle contractions, known as dystonia, in Rett syndrome patients, according to a pilot study that tested the supplement’s impact on neurological outcomes. Noting that Rett syndrome “often involves gastrointestinal symptoms and gut microbiota imbalances,” the researchers had sought…

Neurologists appear to be more comfortable managing Rett: Survey

Among experienced physicians, neurologists are reportedly more comfortable than pediatricians in treating people with Rett syndrome, according to a survey conducted in the U.S. Neurologists also consider more tools than pediatricians do when diagnosing patients with Rett, data show. These findings highlight the need for “better education and support…