A Drug Has Been Found Which Reverses Autism In Mice by Chris Pash

Children with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain due to a slowdown in a normal “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists.

The excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other.

A drug which restores normal synaptic pruning can improve autistic-like behaviours in mice, the researchers found. Autism usually appears in children and includes difficulty communicating and forming relationships and in using language.

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