Gastrointestinal problems associated with gas symptoms are linked to poor quality of life, higher stress, and increases in anxiety and depression.
A new study reports on a link between repetitive behaviors associated with autism and gastrointestinal problems. Researchers also found a connection between the severity of ASD symptoms and an increased risk of children experiencing more severe constipation, stomach pains, and other GI problems. However, no association was found between GI problems and social or communication difficulties associated with ASD.
Genetic mutations, which occur in both the brain and gut, could be a main cause of autism. Using mouse models of ASD, researchers discovered the neuroligin-3 R451C mutation affects neural communication in the brain and causes dysfunction in the gut. The findings strengthen the gut-brain hypothesis of autism.
Experimental fecal transplant may help to improve autism symptoms, a new study reports.