ScienceDaily (June 5, 2010) — Children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children, according to new research published tomorrow in the print edition of the Journal of Proteome Research. The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London and the University of South Australia, suggest that their findings could ultimately lead to a simple urine test to determine whether or not a young child has autism.
The value of a urine test, it seems to me, is that a positive diagnosis can lead to early treatment of the disorder which is much more effectivel for the child than a diagnosis later in life when much of the social dysfunction has already marred the psyche of the child.
The science behind the urine test is the fact that autistic children have a much different set of gut bacteria than normal children, which makes diagnosis of the disorder just a microscope away.
I wonder if a similar test could be given for children on the Aspergers spectrum. Such a test and subsequent diagnosis would be of similar value for these children too. Aspergers is much more difficult to detect and it can remain undiagnosed for a lifetime, often disabling the child/adult from reaching his/her potential in life.
Cheers to the research scientists who are busily working each day to bring new insights and discoveries to light that will enrich our lives here on planet Earth.