Scientists in Europe recently completed a small study to look for biological markers in children with autism. Researchers from the University of Warwick, in the United Kingdom, worked with those from University of Bologna, Italy. They tested children between 5 and 12 years old for possible differences in blood and urine samples for those with autism. Published recently in Molecular Autism, the study tested 38 children with autism and 31 without.
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The research team noted increased markers of damage to proteins in the blood plasma among the children with autism, along with higher levels of the oxidation marker dityrosine and advanced glycation endproducts. Naila Rabbani, study co-leader and experimental systems biology researcher at the University of Warwick, stated in an article from The Guardian that she hopes this small study will point the way for more research on developing possible blood and urine tests for autism indicators.
“Our discovery could lead to earlier diagnosis and intervention,” Rabbani tells the Guardian. “We hope the tests will also reveal new causative factors.”
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