Researchers believe they have created the first blood and urine tests that can spot autism spectrum disorders in children.
Researchers at the University of Warwick believe this test can lead to earlier diagnoses of autism in children. These diagnoses can then lead to earlier treatment.
The Univeristy of Warwick researchers collaborated with researchers at the University of Bologna in Italy, who used 38 children who were diagnosed with ASD along with a control group of 31 other children between the ages of five and 12. Blood and urine samples were taken for analysis.
Dr Naila Rabbani, reader of experimental systems biology at the University of Warwick, said “Our discovery could lead to earlier diagnosis and intervention. We hope the tests will also reveal new causative factors. With further testing we may reveal specific plasma and urinary profiles or ‘fingerprints’ of compounds with damaging modifications. This may help us improve the diagnosis of ASD and point the way to new causes of ASD.”
The researchers hope to expand their study to other groups of children to learn more about diagnosing children at early ages. This can be a huge improvement for giving children help at an earlier age.
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