Frequent gastrointestinal issues may be early sign of autism, study says

March 25, 2015 3:12 PM

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Frequent gastrointestinal issues may be early sign of autism, study says

Scientists from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a link between autism and gastrointestinal issues. A new study found children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were two-and-a-half times more likely to experience persistent gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as infants and toddlers than children without autism.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, was based on data from a survey of mothers in Norway who were asked to report their children’s GI symptoms— constipation, diarrhea, and food allergy or intolerance— until age 3. More than 45,000 children were involved in the survey, incl...

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