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Blood pressure drug seems to prevent autism, study says

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LOS ANGELES — A generic blood pressure drug could prevent hyperactive brain cell firing associated with early stages of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study.

Injecting pregnant mice with Bumetanide, a diuretic, appears to correct a developmental switch flipped during childbirth that reverses the firing characteristics of neurons in newborns, according to a study published online this week in the journal Science.

Bumetanide mimics the effects of oxytocin, a hormone released during labor that helps protect newborns from…

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