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In fluke experiment, espresso quells rare genetic disease

AFP, Paris
In fluke experiment, espresso quells rare genetic disease

A lot of people say they cannot live without coffee, but for one 11-year-old boy living in France, that may be literally true.

When his parents accidentally bought decaffeinated capsules recently, a rare genetic muscular disorder—which they knew could be held in check by two shots of espresso per day—flared up, provoking uncontrollable and painful muscle spasms. Four days of agony, anguish and doctor’s visits followed before his parents realised their mistake.

Once the boy started drinking the caffeinated brew again, the symptoms subsided.

“It’s one of those amazing cases of serendipity that dot the history of medicine,” said Emmanuel Flamand-Roze, a doctor at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris and lead author of a study published Tuesday about the disease afflicting his patient.

Unwittingly, Flamand-Roze told AFP, the parents had carried out what scientists called a double-blind placebo experiment—the most rigorous test possible to see if a drug or treatment actually works.

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