Bacteria Brings Hope For Autism

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Children with autism tend to have stomach problems but gut bacteria has shown to relieve stomach pain and even behavioral issues that deal with the condition.

The research was published in the journal Microbiome by a group of scientist from Arizona Statue University, Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Minnesota.

A group of 18 children with autism and gastrointestinal problems were given the gut bacteria from a healthy donor patient. The children did have 20 t0 25 percent improvement with autism behaviors. Things like better social skills and even better sleeping patterns and a whopping 80 percent improvement with gastrointestinal symptoms.

“Transplants are working for people with other gastrointestinal problems. And, with autism, gastrointestinal symptoms are often severe, so we thought this could be potentially valuable,” Ann Gregory a microbiology graduate student at the Ohio State University and one of the study’s lead authors said in a press release according to Yahoo News.

Research has discovered that bacteria in the cut is connected to brain development and behavior the bacteria made the balance of bacteria in their stomach more similar to healthy peers.

“The results were very compelling,” said James Adams, Director of Arizona State University’s  Autism/Asperger’s Research Program and study author, in a press release according to Yahoo News. Although, Adams noted that more research was going to be needed.

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