Heart drug to treat autistic traits?

Posted on 30 September 2011

A new study had uncovered a potential drug which could treat people with autism, who may have long term care plans.

University of Missouri researchers found that drug propranolol could be used to improve primary autistic traits such as difficulty with normal social skills, language and repetitive behaviours.

Authors believe that propranolol, which is usually used to treat high blood pressure and control heart rate and anxiety, is a promising new avenue for treatment of autism.

David Beversdorf, associate professor, underlined that enhancing both language and social function is significant as these traits are two of the three main features of autism.

"We can clearly say that propranolol has the potential to benefit language and may help people with autism function appropriately in social situations, including making eye contact with others," he noted.

This follows news that children with autism could benefit from early, intensive therapy, according to research from the University of Missouri.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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