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Worms and hot baths: Novel approaches to treating autism

Two unusual treatment approaches may have beneficial effects on the symptoms of autism in children and adults. Using a hot bath to raise body temperature and thereby mimic the effects of infection, or using worm eggs to stimulate the production of immunoregulatory factors in the gut to diminish inflammatory signals, both attenuated symptoms of autism. These findings support the idea that disruption of systems in the body that control inflammation may contribute to the disorder.
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