Monday, February 26, 2007

Flowers for Algernon

Drug may treat mental symptoms of Down syndrome

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An old drug once used to study epilepsy can help improve learning in mice with a form of Down syndrome and also might help people, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.


"So many other drugs have been tried that had no effect at all," Garner said in a statement. "Our findings clearly open a new avenue for considering how cognitive dysfunction in individuals with Down syndrome might be treated."

Wow. Working through my daily news feeds and I come across a story that is eerily familiar to a story from my childhood, Flowers for Algernon. I guess it is true when they say, "sometimes truth is stranger than fiction."

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