Improving the microbiome might be a way to treat autism symptoms. Image: Shireen Dooling
Fecal transplantation reduces symptoms of autism by 50% after two years - health short science news

While it becomes increasingly known that the microbiome (the bacteria population living in the gut) is important for neurological health and proper neuronal communication, new research has further confirmed the importance of a healthy gut microbiome in autism.

Eighteen autistic children who had received a fecal transplantation two years earlier showed a much-improved microbiome, and strongly diminished (50% reduction) symptoms of autism (language, social interaction and behavior).

These results indicate that fecal transplantation is safe, and its beneficial effects in autistic children should be confirmed in a larger study.

Read the full story: Arizona State University
Scientific publication: Scientific Reports