At world’s largest pediatrics conference, Autism Speaks ATN clinicians present findings of project to improve treatment of constipation
(Sept. 23, 2014) Today the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has invited a roster of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) specialists and Autism-Speaks funded researchers to update the committee and the public at a special workshop on “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
“Our son has developed diabetes, and we know it’s from the weight he gained since starting behavioral medicines. We’ve tried everything to manage his appetite, and it’s tearing us apart to think we’re trading his health for his ability to function in school. What can we do?”
In a move welcomed by millions with gluten sensitivities, the U.S. Food and Drug Agency has set standards for food products labeled “gluten free.” Specifically, such products can no longer contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten, a protein abundant in wheat and related grains. The standard is similar to levels recently set in Canada and the European Union.
New research adds to the evidence of a potential link between autism and sensitivities to gluten, a protein found in certain grains such as wheat. The researchers found that elevated antibodies to gluten were more common among children with autism than in others. In addition, the elevated antibody levels corresponded to GI symptoms such as pain and constipation.