ASD is a disorder, which combines a complex of different developmental disorders categorized by a range of symptoms and behaviors. The numbers of children who are diagnosed with autism keep growing each year. Despite that the new researches keep showing great results and give parents hope. A new method of treating ASD has been discovered at the Arizona State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Minnesota.
The goal of the research was to see the ties between autism and gut microbe diversity as a foundation. The scientists hoped that by performing fecal microbial transplants, the composition of the treated children’s microbiome would be changed and symptoms of the disorder would be mitigated.
18 children from 7 to 16 years old were involved in this research. Each child took part in a 10-week course of treatment including antibiotics, a bowel cleanse, daily fecal microbial transplants. According to the reported results, scientists observed 80% improvement of gastrointestinal symptoms and 20%-25% improvement in autism-related behaviors such as social skills and sleeping habits. The good news is that some of the implanted bacteria remained even after treatment was over. So, it may be so-called long-lasting positive effect for people with autism.
Additional testing will be done before the treatment is submitted to the FDA for approval.