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Experts offer hope for autistic children

February 23, 2021

Doctors from Shanghai’s Xinhua Hospital teamed up with experts from Fudan University and Cambridge University in research that found a common pediatric diuretic to have positive effects on autism.
Autism, a developmental disorder that can cause communication and behavioral problems, usually develops at the age of 3 and can be a life-long condition. About 1 percent of the world’s population suffers from autism. Treatment is mainly behavior intervention, as there is no medication that has a good effect on its major symptoms.
But behavior intervention is in short supply. Even in developed countries only 20 percent of children can receive intervention and direction after being diagnosed one year.