Broccoli Sprouts Chemical May Treat Autism

October 14, 2014 12:05 PM

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Broccoli Sprouts Chemical May Treat Autism

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The study, a joint effort by scientists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, involved 40 teenage boys and young men, ages 13 to 27, with moderate to severe autism.

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