Cleveland, Ohio – A healthcare facility is working on new autism-related research. Doctors and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are working to develop a new urine test that could detect autism before the age of two.
Dr. Charis Eng from the Genomic Medicine Institute said that the test is still in the early stages.
Researchers are using a small sample of participants that will hopefully find a way to diagnose autism early on.
Dr. Eng said:
“We need more patients to participate and we like to see this replicated because in medicine we want to be sure before we bring it to clinical practice.”
Susan Young has an 18-year-old daughter with autism who struggled in her early years and said:
“If she had been diagnosed when she was four or if she would’ve been diagnosed when she was five, we would’ve, she would’ve had a lot different life,”
Dr. Thomas Frazier from the Autism Center at the Cleveland Clinic dedicates his life to research and working with children with autism. He has two children, one of whom has severe autism.
“My son has been – has given my life meaning in many ways that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. He’s also taught me to be patient. He’s taught me to be a better communicator and a better dad.”
The article on the Fox 8 News website states that Dr. Eng has already discovered a gene mutation that predisposes people to certain kinds of cancer that can also be linked with autism.
Dr. Eng said she wants her research to offer hope for families.
“I always say, when I’m a physician and sit in front of my patient and family, I’m helping one person and family – [that’s] very important. But when I do research and it’s successful, I’m helping hundreds of thousands, millions, around the world.”
The original article by Mark Zinni on the Fox 8 News website can be read here