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Ethan Bortnick on the 2008 Chabad Telethon.

New study suggests that autism can be effectively treated

Aug 23, 2014    

People with autism have too many synapses -- the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals -- according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder.The extra synapses in autistic brains are the result not of overproduction, but of a failure in the normal process of discarding old and degraded cells.Researchers at New York's University of Columbia were able to re-establish the brain's "pruning mechanism" in mice genetically modified to simulate autism. To do it, they used a drug called rapamycin to block a protein, mTOR, which in autistic patie...

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