Hair and Autism – AGE OF AUTISM
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From Safeminds.org. How many readers used hair tests for heavy metals a decade or more ago?
January 31, 2022
StrandDx analyzes the level of chemicals in a strand of hair
Decades after America’s wave of autism cases, the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorder still relies on behavioral observations made by a seasoned professional. This diagnostic process can take several months. Currently, the median age of autism diagnosis is around 4 years. However, that could change with a new product from Linus Biotechnology Inc. called StrandDx. According to the company’s co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Manish Arora, the product analyzes the levels of chemicals in a child’s hair strand to determine a time sequence of their “exposome.” The exposome reveals the child’s cumulative environmental exposures and how they regulate certain essential nutrients. Arora explains, “The measurement suggests how a person’s physiology responds to their environment, which can predict their chances of developing autism.” Intended use of StrandDx extends to patients from birth through 21 years of age. The test assesses the “likelihood of ASD” in children from birth to 18 months of age and helps diagnose ASD in patients 18 months to 21 years of age. Arora and the other company co-founders believe their product represents a major advance in precision medicine for autism and that it could be a major advancement in the use of individualized early intervention. Source: Safeminds StrandDx analyzes the levels of chemicals in a strand of hair