London: The drug, suramin – used to treat sleeping sickness since around 1916- corrects autism-like symptoms in mice, new research has shown.Scientists in the US found that the drug corrected 17 types of abnormality linked to the disease, including social behaviour problems, the Daily Express reported.Autism is a wide-ranging condition, mostly seen in boys, that affects the ability to socialise and can have a devastating lifelong impact.Around 600,000 children and adults in the UK are thought to have the disorder.Professor Robert Naviaux, co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at the University of California, said that the drug normalised brain connections.
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