Researchers Finding Links Between Autism, Gastrointestinal Issues

Researchers at the University of Missouri are reporting they have found a link between problem behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorders and gastrointestinal issues.

Records from 340 children and adolescents with autism who are patients at the Thompson Center were examined and show 65% experienced constipation, and nearly half experienced stomach pain.

Researchers also said they found that individuals with autism and co-occurring nausea are 11% more likely to display aggressive behaviors. They concluded addressing the nausea might alleviate the behaviors, increasing the quality of life for the patient and their family.

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