New Blood Test May Lead to Earlier Autism Diagnoses in Children

Parents of children with autism know the stress that accompanies getting a diagnosis—but what if there was a blood test that could identify autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Research published in the journal Molecular Autism offers a method for earlier ASD diagnosis and may even point to the causes of the disorder.

Scientists at England’s University of Warwick studied the blood and urine of children ages 5–12 and found biomarkers of damaged proteins in kids with ASD. One test, which measured the levels of a molecule called dityrosine, had a 90 percent success rate in identifying kids with ASD. With the proper funding, the test could be available to the public by 2020. In the meantime, the team is looking to expand the study to a larger pool of children. The full study is available online.

Molecular Autism, molecularautism.biomedcentral.com

This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of DFWThrive Magazine. ©ISTOCK