(New Atlas) Scientific research continues to reveal interesting links between the gut microbiome and human health, ranging from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and autoimmune diseases. Another example is the emerging links between intestinal health and autism, with an exciting new study demonstrating that enhancing microbial diversity through stool transplants can dramatically reduce its long-term symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 59 children born in the United States is diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately, for many of them, chronic gastrointestinal problems are a harsh reality. According to scientists from the University of Arizona (ASU), who led the new study, about 30 to 50% of people with autism suffer from serious intestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea and pains in the stomach.