Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Autism and bowel problems - Part 2

Another medical study has found no link between autism and bowel problems. The study of 363 children by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester found that those with autism were no more or less likely than other children to have gastrointestinal problems such as Crohn's disease. The autistic children did have higher rates of constipation (34% vs 18%) than the other children and were more likely to have feeding issues (25% vs 16%) although this could be due to autistic children wanting to stick to a familiar (and not necessarily fibre-filled) range of food, rather than for any biological reasons.

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