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L'X fragile sera vaincu | Fragile X will be conquered

Drugs ‘improve social skills of autism sufferers’

June 02 2010 By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

… Initial results from a small trial of a drug called arbaclofen, presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia last week, suggest it may improve social skills in people with fragile X syndrome and autism, including communication and sociability, and reduce outbursts of irritability. Fragile X affects one in 3,000 people worldwide and is the most common genetic cause of autism, with a quarter of fragile X males affected.

Randall Carpenter of Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is testing the drug, told New Scientist: “People may learn more, learn to speak better, learn social skills and to be more communicative.”

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