Research: Compound found in broccoli may improve symptoms of autism
US scientists have taken a first step towards a breakthrough in research into autism, shedding new light on the mechanisms behind the condition. The small-scale pilot study produced more promising results than any other drug experiment in the past. "We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some underlying cellular mechanisms," said Dr Paul Talalay, a professor of pharmacology and the leader of the research team at Johns Hopkins University.
The starting point for the study was the observation reported by many parents with an autistic child that the symptoms of autism improved when the child ran a fever. For example children who normally were not able to speak might say individual words when they had a high temperature. The beneficial effect of fever on behavioural problems related to autism has also been shown in scientific studies.