Urine Tests May Provide New Way Of Diagnosing Autism

June 3, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A new study claims that there are certain chemical differences in the urine of those diagnosed with autism, leading to hope of a urine test that could give an easy and early prediction to the condition.

The study was conducted by joint researchers at the Imperial College London and the University of South Australia.

In their research, they found several distinct chemical markers in the urine of children with autism, versus the control group of those without it.

The chemical fingerprints are related to the gut bacteria, as well as the metabolic processes that the study suggests differ somehow in children with autism. What those differences are are currently unknown.

“We hope our findings might be the first step towards creating a simple urine test to diagnose autism at a really young age, although this is a long way off – such a test could take many years to develop and we’re just beginning to explore the possibilities. We know that giving therapy to children with autism when they are very young can make a huge difference to their progress. A urine test might enable professionals to quickly identify children with autism and help them early on,” Professor Jeremy Nicholson said.

The study has been published in Journal of Proteome Research.

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