Gut bacteria may contribute to autism

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    Gut bacteria may contribute to autism - New Scientist

    Children with autism appear to have a characteristic chemical signature in their urine which might form the basis of an early diagnostic test for the condition.

    The finding also adds weight the hypothesis that substances released by gut bacteria are contributing to the onset of the condition.

    Autism has previously been linked to metabolic abnormalities and gastrointestinal problems such as gut pain and diarrhoea. Several studies have also hinted at changes in gut bacteria in the faeces of children with autism.