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Biomarkers identified in ASD children

Researchers at Imperial College London analysed urine samples from children with ASD, non-autistic siblings and age-matched 'controls' and found increased levels of certain gut bacterial metabolites in the ASD group.  These results suggest that these metabolites could exert some kind of clinical effect in autistic individuals.

Differences in gut micro flora have been suggested as part of the problem with previous studies reporting high levels of Clostridia spp in children with autism.

Source: Yap et al, 2010 ' Urinary metabolic phenotyping differentiates children with autism from their unaffected siblings and age-matched controls'  Journal of Proteome Research 9 p2996 - 3004

Posted: October 2010 

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