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Study Uses Alzheimer’s Drug To Treat Children With Autism

Researchers at The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center are using a drug normally prescribed for Alzheimer’s patients to determine if it will improve the communication skills of children with autism.

Researchers theorize that if children with autism experience over-activity of the same neurochemical at work in Alzheimer’s disease, then one of the medicines used for Alzheimer’s may help in autism, too.

“We know that the drug memantine is effective in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Michael Aman, director of research at the Nisonger Center. “Memantine actually serves to enhance cognitive function, or at least hold the line.”

via Health News – Study Uses Alzheimer’s Drug To Treat Children With Autism.

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