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Amino Acid Supplements Could Ease Symptoms Of People With Rare Form Of Autism

September 6, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers from the U.S., Egypt and Turkey have found that a rare form of autism with epilepsy is associated with defective metabolism of amino acids and may be treated with dietary supplements. The scientists discovered that a gene mutation in some patients with autism speeds the metabolism of certain amino acids. These patients suffer from epileptic seizures. The researchers believe that supplementing the patients’ diet with amino acids available at health food stores will serve as a simple, natural treatment for the problem.
Gaia Novarino et al., "Mutations in BCKD-kinase Lead to a Potentially Treatable Form of Autism with Epilepsy", Science, September 06, 2012, © AAAS
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