A newly published study has found that children with autism have a different kind of bacteria in their guts than their non-autistic peers.
This study was done via tissue sample, instead of the previous studies which utilized stool samples. I think this is fascinating - "leaky gut" or an overflow of candida yeast is a common issue in autistic children, and this just reinforces that there's something going on that needs a good strong look.
Every little breakthrough is a step forward, and I'm thrilled. We'll never cure autism, and really, I don't know that my kids needs to be "cured" just for seeing the world differently. What we can do is try to find therapies that will enable people with autism to communicate and function without sensory overload, and that's a very good thing.