October 6, 2005

Autism Study Looking for Subjects

Austism, medicine study
Posted October 6, 2005

The University of Florida is looking for autistic children with persistent gastrointestinal problems to participate in a research study on medical treatment for the gastrointestinal dysfunction.

Children ages 2 to 17 who have been diagnosed with autism and have symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and constipation or abdominal pain are eligible for the study, which is being done at 12 sites nationwide.

The study will focus on gastrointestinal function through treatment, as well as the effect of the symptoms on behavior. Candidates in the research will receive study medication and medical care at no cost.

For more information about the study and eligibility, contact Jane Mutch at 352-392-7855.

Ramsey Campbell, Martin E. Comas and April Hunt of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

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