December 20, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Weight Management

 Health Home >> Weight Management >> Health news 

Autism linked to gut bacteria

Written by: Kelly Pedro, QMI Agency
Jan. 28, 2013

(FOTOLIA)


LONDON, Ont. — Researchers at Western University have discovered a link between autism and gut bacteria that could lead to screening children and treating them for the disorder before symptoms show.

Western's Dr. Derrick MacFabe and doctors Richard Frye and Stepan Melnyk of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute made the discovery, which is published online in Translational Psychiatry.

The research found abnormal energy metabolism in a large group of children with autism. The researchers say this arises not from genetic factors, but from certain types of bacteria that are prevalent in the gut of people with autism.

Ad
The research shows a link between environmental agents, such as diet or the digestive tract, as potential contributors to some types of autism spectrum disorder. It also helps shape the understanding of how some treatments could help patients with autism or prevent it in infants.

Many people with autism have digestive and metabolic issues but how those relate to the disorder was previously unclear.

 

View more news


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.