Study finds fever temporarily eases autism
It's not often that a research study makes me really excited, but a study that has found fever can temporarily restore nerve cell communications in regions of the autistic brain, restoring a child's ability to interact and socialize during the fever has me giddy for parents of autistic kids everywhere.
"The results of this study are important because they show us that the autistic brain is plastic, or capable of altering current connections and forming new ones in response to different experiences or conditions," said Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a pediatric neurologist, who was one of the study authors.
More than 80% of children in the study with a fever showed improvements in behavior and had longer concentration spans, more talking, improved eye contact and better overall relations with adults and other children.
According to the Autism Society of America, as many as 1.5 million Americans have some form of autism, and research that offers hope for effective treatment and a cure is absolutely thrilling.