Dec 17, 2010

Clinical trial for Rett syndrome launched

Study marks the emergence of disease-modifying treatments for autism spectrum disorders
December 16, 2010
Boston, Mass. -- Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have begun a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to test a potential drug treatment for Rett syndrome, the leading known genetic cause of autism in girls. The drug, mecasermin, a synthetic form of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), is already FDA-approved for children with short stature due to IGF-1 deficiency.

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