Monday, March 9, 2009

Link between Autism and Celiac?

Researchers at USC's Keck School of Medicine recently found a link between gastrointestinal disorders (such as Celiac) and autism. Check out the full article here.

As reported in the article, many parents of autistic children place their children on gluten and casein free diets, noting a link between the diet and their child's improved social skills. Casein is a protein found in cow milk and cheese.

The finding is important -- perhaps not particularly for us Celiacs, but it's an important step in finding ways to better understand Autism and help children inflicted with the development disorder.

Keck School of Medicine Press Release: "USC Researchers find gene variant that links autism with gastrointestinal dysfunction."

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