Baylor researchers investigating if carnitine supplement might prevent some autism

Could a nutrient available in health food stores prevent some forms of autism?

Baylor College of Medicine researchers are proposing that the lack of carnitine, an amino acid naturally produced in the body, might be involved in triggering mild cases of the developmental disorder characterized by difficulty communicating and forming relationships with other people.

"We speculate that ... 10 to 20 percent of all cases of autism spectrum disorders might have in common a mechanism that leads to mild forms of autism," Dr. Arthur Beaudet, a Baylor geneticist, says in a new paper in the journal BioEssays "This mechanism might involve brain carnitine deficiency."

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14th July 2017