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

Breaking the Steel Wall of Mental Retardation

TheWhip.net – By Cesar Chelala – NEW YORK
I remember my friend’s face when he told me that his daughter had been born with a severe mental disability.

“It was as if somebody had pointed a gun to my head,” he told me.

For as long as they have been known, mental disabilities have been the cause of profound unhappiness in parents of children born with them as well as in the children themselves.

But now there is hope.

An experimental drug made by Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical firm, has been shown to improve behaviors associated with mental retardation and autism in people affected with fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of these mental disabilities. Although the results have been obtained in a small clinical trial involving only a few dozen patients, this finding offers the possibility that further advances could be obtained in the near future.

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