Study links autism to gut-brain axis, opening doors for therapy


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Parents of autistic children protest outside the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, demanding larger budgets for children with autism. Jan. 04, 2013.

(JNS) - A collaborative study conducted by a global team of microbiome experts has uncovered compelling evidence linking the gut microbiome to autism spectrum disorder.

The findings, which were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Neuroscience in June, identified consistent differences in the gut microbiome of people with autism across various cohorts worldwide, indicating that microbiome changes are a common characteristic associated with autism.

Moreover, the researchers discovered correlations between microbiome changes and immune factors, including the inflammatory marker IL-6, in...

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