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Lack of Gut Bacterium May Cause Autistic Behaviors

Some autistic behaviors may have their roots in the gut — or, more specifically, what is missing from the gut. Autism is a potentially disabling communication disorder that has long perplexed neuroscientists. While some children are only mildly affected, others are almost completely withdrawn, displaying severe anxiety, repetitive behaviors and angry outbursts. Researchers suspected that the anti-social behaviors might be tied to the diet of the child and the child’s birth mother,...

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