April is Autism Awareness Month and new research was just released from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colorado. The innovative study published by the American Society for Microbiology examined the link between Autism behaviors and gut microbiome. Over 100 participants from Arizona and Colorado were either neurotypical or diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and agreed to engage in the longitudinal study.
Scientists evaluated gut microbiome changes as related to concurrent Autism Spectrum Disorder behaviors and discovered a link between the two. According to Science Daily, the primary researcher, Dr. Catherine Luzopone, PhD, asserted: “Longitudinally, we were able to see that within an individual, changes in the microbiome were associated with changes in behavior.”
While more research still needs to be done, Dr. Luzopone claimed, “This further supports the fact that the gut microbiome could be a valuable therapeutic target for children with autism spectrum disorders. I know that some labs have been exploring things like fecal microbiome transplant in these children and having some promising results.“
Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy
Check out the original research: