Groundbreaking study links gut microbiome to autism

The findings suggest a link between gut health and autism, raising the possibility of new treatment possibilities like probiotics and fecal transplants

A study published in Nature Microbiology found distinct differences in the gut microbiome of autistic children, including decreased diversity, altered abundances of specific microbes, and disrupted metabolic pathways related to energy and neurodevelopment, compared to neurotypical children.

A 31-marker panel comprising microbial features demonstrated robust diagnostic value for ASD across different cohorts and ages, with 82% accuracy, suggesting the possibility of developing a non-invasive diagnostic test based on gut microbiome analysis.

The findings suggest a link between gut health and ASD, raising the possibility of new treatment possibilities like probiotics and fecal transplants.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting around 1% of the global population, characterized by challenges in social interaction, communication, behavior, and information processing. Existing behavioral assessments and expert observations for diagnosis can be influenced by biases and cultural factors.

Increasing autism rates are attributed to greater awareness and expanded diagnostic criteria in recent years in Britain and Western countries. Genetic factors contribute to 60-90% of autism, but other factors like older parental age, birth complications, and environmental exposures also play a role.

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