Antibiotics and the Gut Get a Closer Look in Autism Research

Antibiotics and the Gut Get a Closer Look in Autism Research

The past 12 months have not produced any startling breakthroughs when it comes to pinpointing the cause or causes of autism, but 2017 did bring much of the research full circle, with scientists returning to an earlier focus on the composition of human gut microbiota and its impact on brain development, and to antibiotics as an environmental risk factor. Before 2005, there was much discussion about the common occurrence of multiple ear infections - and the repeated use of antibiotic regimens - in children who later developed autism. That promising path of research was soon overwhelmed by other investigatory priorities,...

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