Autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diseases which are characterized by physical (neurological function and pathology) and behavioral (social interaction) abnormalities that are most commonly diagnosed in children. Autism affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment.
Biochemical abnormalities in autism are the norm, not the exception. Genetic abnormalities in mitochondrial processes are prevalent in ASD and are likely underestimated, due to limited testing. Mitochondrial dysfunction and gut microbiome may also be a part of the autism puzzle.
Autism is a complex condition and requires medical investigation from many avenues. BBH doctors understand how to use biochemical and biomarker tests not commonly used by other doctors.
Autism is not part of the core syllabus BBH teaches doctors. However, as our trained doctors see many patients with complex conditions including ASD, BBH provides an introduction to ASD for new doctors, and lecture updates and patient case studies with overseas experts which provide learning tools for returning doctors.