The Right Mix of Gut Microbes Relieves Autism Symptoms in the Long Run
Published:25 Jul.2018    Source:Science News
Giving children with autism a healthier mix of gut bacteria is a way to improve behavioral symptoms continued to work even two years after treatment.

In a small study of 18 children and teenagers with autism, the scientists gave kids fecal transplants from healthy donors over eight weeks. During and two months after the treatment, the kids had fewer gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain than before the therapy. Autism symptoms, such as hyperactivity, repetitive actions and irritability, also improved and seemed to be getting even better at the end of the trial than immediately after treatment ended.