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Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice 160

Posted by samzenpus
from the with-a-little-help-from-my-bacteria-friends dept.
sciencehabit writes "Many physicians and parents report that their autistic children have unusually severe gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic constipation or diarrhea. These observations have led some researchers to speculate that an ailing gut contributes to the disorder in some cases, but scientific data has been lacking. Now, a provocative study claims that a probiotic treatment for gastrointestinal issues can reduce autismlike symptoms in mice and suggests that this treatment could work for humans, too."
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Gut Microbes Linked to Autism-Like Symptoms in Mice

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  • by somersault (912633) on Friday December 06, 2013 @07:22AM (#45617387) Homepage Journal

    Autism is genetic and is also influenced / is a function of the environment they are brought up in

    Did you consider that it might not be passed on through DNA at all, and completely is a result of the environment, including the bacteria that your mum's side of the family have in their body? Or perhaps your DNA makes you more susceptible to these bacteria. I've been trying to figure out how exactly food affects my mood and behaviour for a while now..

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