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Urine test for autism could make 'huge difference'

Published on 04/06/2010
Scientists have taken the first step in developing a simple urine test to diagnose children with autism.

They claim in their report, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, that the breakthrough could vastly improve doctors' ability to treat the condition as they will be able to identify autism much earlier.

People with autism also often suffer from gastrointestinal disorders and have a different makeup of bacteria in their guts from non-autistic people.

A team of Anglo-Australian researchers were able to use this to indentify a 'chemical fingerprint' for autism by looking at the by-products of gut bacteria and the body's metabolic processes in the children's urine.

The current diagnostic process involves a number of lengthy tests and it is difficult to get a clear diagnosis on children under 18 months.

However, Professor Jeremy Nicholson, the corresponding author of the study and head of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London, said it may still be some time before a workable urine test can be developed.

"Such a test could take many years to develop and we're just beginning to explore the possibilities," he commented, adding, "we know that giving therapy to children with autism when they are very young can make a huge difference to their progress".

It is thought there are around half a million people in the UK with autism.
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