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

Matthew’s liberation – Seaside at forefront of new approach to Fragile X

By Karen Weintraub Globe Correspondent

It was the week the medication didn’t work that convinced Melissa Zolecki. She thinks her son Matthew got a bottle of inactive dummy pills that week by accident. And the change in his behavior was striking.

He was back to banging his head against the wall. He struggled to concentrate again at school. Then, there was the epic temper tantrum at Costco, normally one of his favorite places. Even the temptation of a hot dog didn’t help.

Matthew, 9, was out of control in a way he hadn’t been since starting an experimental drug eight months earlier.

Matthew has Fragile X, a rare genetic disorder that leaves 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 8,000 girls with intellectual deficits, severe anxiety, and behavioral problems often diagnosed as autism. There is no cure. The only treatment for Fragile X, as with autism, has been extensive behavioral therapy and drugs developed for other purposes such as schizophrenia, depression, and panic attacks.


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