Interestingly, the research also showed that this single strain of bacteria promoted the production of a ‘bonding hormone’, which is understood to play a crucial part in social behaviour in humans.
The study was published in the journal Cell. Song, Yuli. Professor Gibson has expressed a desire to undertake a larger study in the future with fewer drop-outs. Other behaviours related to autism like anxiety, were not reversed. In the study, which used mice, scientists fed 60 females a high-fat diet, the equivalent of consistently eating fast food multiple times a day. Clinical Infectious Diseases 35: S6-516. Probably the best known UK clinical study into probiotics for autism was the unfinished trial run in 2006 by Professor Glenn Gibson at the University of Reading; referred to by some as the trial which was "so successful, that it failed". Scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas wanted to explore the effects of probiotics on autism. 40 autistic children all between 4 and 13 years old were randomly separated into a trial group, and a control group. 7:165-171.
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Now, scientists believe some aspects of the disorder may occur as a result of problems with nerves found in the arms, legs, hands, fingers and skin that send sensory information to the brain. 'Efforts to restore the gut microbiota to that of a healthy person has been shown to be really effective. After they produced young, the experts found the offspring showed behavioural deficits, such as spending less time in contact with their peers and not initiating mixing. When it was added into their diets, it reversed these symptoms, scientists found. Pre- and probiotics effect our emotional responses via their interaction with the gut-brain axis, however they are also known to improve the health of the intestinal lining and to help to reverse intestinal permeability. 40 autistic children all between 4 and 13 years old were randomly separated into a trial group, and a control group. Our review looked at taking probiotics, prebiotics, changing the diet - for example, to gluten- and casein-free diets. Probably the best known UK clinical study into probiotics for autism was the unfinished trial run in 2006 by Professor Glenn Gibson at the University of Reading; referred to by some as the trial which was "so successful, that it failed". Parents of participants in the probiotic group could see a noticeable effect, and said it was heartbreaking to have to stop their child from taking the probiotics.
Because mice eat each other's faeces, the researchers housed the animals together so that they would acquire microbiota from their cage mates. The socially impaired mice born to mothers on a high-far diet were paired with normal mice and within four weeks the gut bacteria had appeared in the 'autistic' mice. Based on these findings, the research team cultured a strain of L. reuteri, and put it in the drinking water of the unhealthy high-fat-diet offspring. The trial group were given a probiotic supplement with the species Lactobacillus plantarum whilst children in the other group were given placebos (read about placebo-controlled studies in the Probiotics Learning Lab). Once again, large and reliable clinical trials into the effects of diet on those on the autistic spectrum would be warmly welcomed and must be called for.