Taken from Associated Content
"Simple Autism Test Undergoing Trials"
According to a story in the Daily Mail, British scientists say that all it takes to definitively diagnose Autism is a few drops of urine, a non-evasive test. Jeremy Nicholson, from Imperial College London said that the urine of an Autistic child contains a distinctive "chemical fingerprint". It points to a link between Autism and the gut, a marker long suspected but never proved. Some factors point to a link between Celiac Disease (sprue) an autoimmune disease and Autism. The article published in the "Journal of Proteome Research" in June of 2010 goes on to say that the bacteria in the gut of an Autistic child is different from those found in guts of a normal child. Researchers tested the urine of three trial groups of children, those with Autism, normal siblings of the Autistic group, and a group composed of children without Autism or Autistic siblings. With a test called H NMR Spectroscopy, they determined that each group had different chemical markings in their urine. Siblings of the Autistic child showed a different marker than the so-called normal children. However, scientists debate whether the differences point to gut markers as a byproduct of Autism or if they cause the condition.