New research published in the print edition of the Journal of Proteome Research notes that children with autism have a...
New research published in the print edition of the Journal of Proteome Research notes that children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children which could in fact lead to one simple urine test to determine if a child has or does not have autism. Autism has risen in recent years, and rates are at 1 in every 110 births according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yet still there's no conclusive reasoning behind either the cause or risk factors or even symptoms. People with autism have a range of different symptoms according to the Autism Society of America but they commonly experience problems with communication and social skills, such as understanding other people's emotions and making conversation and eye contact. For a while it was thought that vaccines might be behind the rise in autism, but current research debates that theory. It's important to find out what causes autism and also find a way to target kids for early treatment (if autistic) because autism causes many problems such as gastrointestinal disorders, speech disorders or speech delays, lack of focus and other issues. The new research shows that it is possible to distinguish between autistic and non-autistic children by looking at the by-products of gut bacteria and the body's metabolic processes in the children's urine. No one, as of yet, is sure why gastrointestinal disorders in the development of autism is significant, but it is. Professor Jeremy Nicholson, who worked on this new study notes, "Autism is a condition that affects a person's social skills, so at first it might seem strange that there's a relationship between autism and what's happening in someone's gut. However, your metabolism and the makeup of your gut bacteria reflect all sorts of things, including your lifestyle and your genes. Autism affects many different parts of a person's system and our study shows that you can see how it disrupts their system by looking at their metabolism and their gut bacteria." If these findings do lead to a simple urine test to diagnose autism at a young age both children and whole families could benefit. *Source

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