Autism Like Behaviors in Mice Reversed Offering Hope for Millions

June 17, 2014 8:40 PM

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Autism Like Behaviors in Mice Reversed Offering Hope for Millions

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect an estimated 1-2% of children born in the United States. There are many causes, both environmental and genetic in nature, however researchers from the University of California in San Diego have been investigating a way to treat autism by focusing on a universal symptom – metabolic disturbances.

In a recent study, led by Dr. Robert K. Naviaux, professor of medicine, and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UCSD, researchers hypothesized that treatment may lie in treating underlying metabolic disorders which accompany ASD.

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