CHICAGO (AP) - An expert panel says there's no rigorous evidence
that digestive problems are more common in children with autism
compared to other children, or that special diets work.
That's contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers.
The panel's report is being published in the January issue of
Pediatrics and is being released Monday. It says painful digestive
problems can trigger problem behavior in children with autism and
should be treated medically.
Autism is a spectrum of disorders affecting a person's ability
to communicate and interact with others.
More than 25 experts met in Boston in 2008 to write the
consensus report after reviewing medical research. The Autism
Society and other autism groups funded the effort, but gave no
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