Adults suffering from autism were found to be infected intentionally with parasitic intestinal worm which experiences an improvement in their behaviour. The affected people after swallowing whipworm eggs for 12 weeks were more adaptable and less likely to engage in repetitive actions.
The study lead author, Dr. Eric Hollander who is the director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City said, "We found these individuals had less discomfort associated with a deviation in their expectations. They were less likely to have a temper tantrum or act out.”
The study is said to be one of the two novel projects that Hollander is scheduled to present at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Hollywoord, Florida on Thursday.
Therapy such as hot baths for children with autism was also to improve the symptoms. Researchers believe the presence of the worms can prompt the body to better regulate its immune response, which reduces the person's inflammation levels, Hollander said.
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