Jun
11
2010

Possible urine test for autism

Life with Asperger Syndrome: I just read this book, loaned to me by the mother of another Asperger syndrome boy I cared for.
Life with Asperger Syndrome: I just read this book, loaned to me by the mother of another Asperger syndrome boy I cared for.Courtesy Jesse Saperstein
When my nephew was an infant, he would not crawl, and he would flap his arms like a bird. I ended up doing daycare for him (and his brother) until they started school. I also noticed they would often say things twice, the second time softer to themselves. Years later I learned about Asperger Syndrome (AS). Asperger syndrome is a mild form of autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Diagnosing autism is not simple

Symptoms of autism spectrum disorders vary and require trained professionals to diagnose. You can listen to Dr. Susan Levy for an explanation.

New research may lead to a simple urine test for autism diagnosis

According to research published in Journal of Proteome Research, children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children.

The researchers reached their conclusions by using H NMR Spectroscopy to analyse the urine of three groups of children aged between 3 and 9: 39 children who had previously been diagnosed with autism, 28 non-autistic siblings of children with autism, and 34 children who did not have autism who did not have an autistic sibling.
They found that each of the three groups had a distinct chemical fingerprint. Non-autistic children with autistic siblings had a different chemical fingerprint than those without any autistic siblings, and autistic children had a different chemical fingerprint than the other two groups. ScienceDigest

Early detection of autism can change lives

According to AutismSociety.org the advantages of early detection and intervention cannot be overemphasized. Children who receive intensive therapy can make tremendous strides in their overall functioning and go on to lead productive lives.

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