New Drug Therapy

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New Drug Therapy
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 4:30pm

Researchers have found that a drug can help people with Fragile X syndrome stay calm in social situations: 

Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis and her team found that a drug called Arbaclofen reduced social avoidance and repetitive behavior in Fragile X patients, especially those with autism, by treating their anxiety. The drug increases GABA, a chemical in the brain that regulates the excitatory system in Fragile X patients, who have been known to have too little GABA to do the job otherwise, causing their excitatory systems to "signal out of control" and make them anxious.

The complete article can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/autism-patients-benefit-drug-therapy/story?id=17273124#.UFzNALJlSp4

I found it very interesting that it increases GABA, which has been discussed on various forums here recently.  Further research needs to be done to see if it can help more than just people Fragile X.  Any thoughts on the research?