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NEW TREATMENTS FOR PHELAN-MCDERMID SYNDROME

A Family’s Story . BY ALISON DALTON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW LICHTENSTEIN

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is a genetically linked form of autism with symptoms that are frequently severe, low muscle tone, motor delays, insomnia, and epilepsy.

The Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai, which con-

ducts both fundamental laboratory research and clinical treatment, is currently investigating the effects of two drugs, IGF-1 and oxytocin, on patients with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. Marc and Chardell Buchanan moved their family from Utah to New York so that their son, Ben, could participate in the treatment trials.

This is their story.

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