×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

HEALTH & FITNESS

Is food allergy linked to ASD?

| | New York
Is food allergy linked to ASD?
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have ASD, a new study suggests.
 
The study found that, among the participants, 11.25 per cent of children reportedly diagnosed with ASD had a food allergy, significantly higher than the 4.25 per cent of children who were not diagnosed with ASD and had a food allergy.
 
"It is possible that the immunologic disruptions may have processes beginning early in life, which then influence brain development and social functioning, leading to the development of ASD," said co-author Wei Bao, Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, in the US.
 
The finding, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, adds to a growing body of research that suggests immunological dysfunction as a possible risk factor for the development of ASD.
 
For the study, the researchers analysed the health information of nearly 200,000 children in the US. They were aged between three to 17 and the data were gathered between 1997 and 2016.
 
The study also found that 18.73 per cent of children with ASD suffered from respiratory allergies, while 12.08 per cent of children without ASD had such allergies; and 16.81 per cent of children with ASD had skin allergies, well above the 9.84 per cent of children without ASD.
 
"This indicates there could be a shared mechanism linking different types of allergic conditions to ASD," Bao noted.
 
The researcher said that the study could not determine the causality of this relationship given its observational nature.
 
But previous studies have suggested possible links -- increased production of antibodies, immune system overreactions causing impaired brain function, neurodevelopmental abnormalities, and alterations in the gut biome, the researchers said.
 
"We don't know which comes first, food allergy or ASD," said Bao, adding that another longitudinal follow-up study of children since birth would be needed to establish temporality.
 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

‚ÄėAssault‚Äô on police driver: Action against Kerala ADGP

17 Jun 2018 | VR Jayaraj | Kochi

In a swift move intended at stemming the protests brewing in the State police force against certain top officials’ ‘feudalistic’ practice of persecuting policemen and camp followers by using them as house servants, the Kerala Government on Saturday removed ADGP Sudesh Kumar, whose daughter was the other day booked for assaulting and verbally abusing his official police driver, from the position of head of the Armed Police Battalion. The action against...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

Hry Govt forms panel to consider re-employment cases

22 Jun 2018 | PNS | Chandigarh

Haryana Government on Thursday constituted an Officers’ Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to examine the cases sent by Administrative Departments in respect of level or class of officers whose re-employment is essential in their respective Department. Apart from this, the State Government has also issued guidelines for every department in respect of re-employment after the age of 58 years as per the decision taken in the Haryana Cabinet meeting...

Read More

Page generated in 4.4821 seconds.