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Bacterium Reverses Autismlike Behavior In Mice
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The article describes mice with leaky gut like condition and behavior issues that are improved by a bacteria.

 

From Scientific American site:

 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bacterium-reverses-autism-like-behavior-in-mice

 

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Doses of a human gut microbe helped to reverse behavioral problems in mice with autism-like symptoms, researchers report today in Cell. The treatment also reduced gastrointestinal problems in the animals that were similar to those that often accompany autism in humans.

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The autistic mice also had 'leaky guts', in which the walls of the intestine break down and allow substances to leak through. Several studies have found that humans with autism are also more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders, suggesting that the two problems may be linked.

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I know a friend trying a gluten free diet with an autistic child.

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I hope it works out well for them Diane.  What this article implies is that the right bacteria strains can help resolve symptoms in the mind.  So your friend might want to try various pro-biotics as well to see if they help.

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