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Monday, January 26, 2015
Timothy Buie, MD, director of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Lurie Center for Autism, was featured in an informative video series for Autism Speaks.
In the video series, “Office Hours with Dr. Tim Buie,” he discusses various topics surrounding gastrointestinal issues and children with autism, like signs of acid reflux, using probiotics or nutritional supplements, special diets, like gluten-free diets, inflammatory conditions and how to plan for a medical visit.
“About 60 to 70 percent of children with autism have chronic gastrointestinal issues,” said Buie. “At the same time, they sometimes have certain, often repetitive behaviors that many providers think are related to autism. Some behaviors might be because of autism, but many of those behaviors can be related to gastrointestinal symptoms. Once we treat those gastrointestinal symptoms and realize there is a medical component to them, these children often vastly improve.”
The video series, hosted in Autism Speaks’s website, will air every other Wednesday through March. His next video will air on February 4.
Buie is the co-founder and developer of the Autism Treatment Network, now managed by Autism Speaks. The Autism Treatment Network is a multi-center program directed at evaluating medical problems in children with autism.
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