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Testing Phase to Begin on New Autism Drug

by Savitha C Muppala on March 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM
 Testing Phase to Begin on New Autism Drug

A drug which claims to reverse autism is in the testing phase and will soon be verified for its efficacy, scientists have revealed.

Earlier testing has shown that the drug which is used to treat sleeping sickness is able to rectify autism like symptoms in mice.


The drug is known to rectify the aberrant brain connections, cell-to-cell signalling and metabolic effects which are behind this disorder.

The drug, Suramin, focuses on a cell messaging system which produces a metabolic response to stress. Scientists have discovered that the drug is capable of correcting 17 types of abnormality connected to autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life. It affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.

Autistic children are not slow learners or of a lesser IQ or suffer from mental retardation. Instead, they are very special children who have difficulty in communication and social interaction. They often come across as those who remain engrossed with restricted and repetitive behavior patterns. No two people with autism will have exactly the same symptoms. Therefore, health care providers think of autism as a 'spectrum' disorder.

Autism lasts for lifetime. There is no cure, but there are quite a few treatment options available for autistic children. Treatments include behavior and communication therapies and medicines to control symptoms. Early treatment can be beneficial to autistic children and help them lead a better life.

Source: Medindia
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