NICHD Investigates Connection Between Low Blood Cholesterol and Autism in Children – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A study at the NIH Clinical Center is investigating the connection between autism and low blood cholesterol. Dr. Forbes Porter at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains, his team got interested in autism because they study a rare disease…
Dr. Porter: Called Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome in which there is a problem in children's bodies don't make enough cholesterol.
Narrator: He says those patients frequently have autistic symptoms so they looked for the disease in those diagnosed with autism.
Dr. Porter: We didn't find the Smith-Lemli-Opitz patients but what we found that a higher then expected percentage of children with autism had low cholesterol.
Narrator: To enroll in this study, visit www.cc.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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