Monday, January 4, 2010

Report: No Evidence Linking Autism and Digestive Problems

CHICAGO -- An expert panel says there's no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism than in other children, or that special diets work, contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers.
Painful digestive problems can trigger problem behavior in children with autism and should be treated medically, according to the panel's report, published in the January issue of Pediatrics and released today.
"There are a lot of barriers to medical care to children with autism," said the report's lead author, Dr. Timothy Buie of Harvard Medical School. "They can be destructive and unruly in the office, or they can't sit still. The nature of their condition often prevents them from getting standard medical care."

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