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Pediatric Bioscience Test To Predict Maternal Antibody Related Autism in 2012

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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Pediatric Bioscience Test To Predict Maternal Antibody Related Autism in 2012

Pediatric_bioscience_logo Managing Editor's Note: I recently ran a post on TodayMoms blog about the study of sibling incidence of autism. Following that post, I received an email indicating a desire to share the information below from Pediatric Bioscience.  As you will read, they offer a test to predict Maternal Antibody Related autism with 100% accuracy both pre- and post-natal.  I personally am unfamiliar with the term "MAR" autism or that it related to 20% of diagnoses.  According to the info below, the intial push will be for pre-natal testing.  Followed by infant testing so that families can begin treatment early.

Science and commercialism find a need a fill it. We've had monumental advances in healthcare and quality of life because of capitalism. But is this a better mousetrap? Is it progress?

The autism community, from the curiest curebie to staunchest neurodiverse, have openly discussed the topic of prenatal testing and whether it could/would/should lead to eugenics/autbortion? It's a controversial question, just as amnio is/was controversial and yet now pretty readily accepted,  and we bring it to all of you for open discussion.  Thank you. KIM

Dear Kim:

Your article was very inspiring and a testimonial to the need for better ways to diagnose autism and predict whether or not a women is at risk for having an autistic child.  We at Pediatric Bioscience (PSI) are dedicated to developing and commercializing products to improve the diagnosis of and treatment of children with autism and autism spectrum disorders.  PSI is currently developing a commercial test for Maternal Antibody Related autism ( MAR test).  The MAR test is comprised of a set of prognostic markers that identify women who may be at an increased risk of having a child with the MAR form of autism, which accounts for up to 20% of all cases (approximately 1 in 500 live births).  To date, the test has demonstrated 100% accuracy—meaning that if a mother or prospective mother has developed the antibodies, then her child will be diagnosed with AU or ASD. 

Further, the data shows that the combination or pattern of antibodies present in the mother is predictive of the eventual severity of the disorder in her child.  This new test, the first non-invasive blood test of its kind, is planned to be available to physicians in the United States in the second half of 2012.  Its initial suggested use will be for women at risk prior to becoming pregnant or as a diagnostic tool for women after giving birth to identify whether their newborn infants may develop autism, thereby allowing for immediate behavioral intervention. We would love the opportunity to share more details about the MAR test with you, and to get some feedback on how best to reach other mothers to tell them of the benefits of the test.

by on Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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by Member on Oct. 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

This is incredibly interesting to me. I was wondering if you had a link to the study studies? I am rh negative and that means that my body naturally creates antibodies and  "attacks" the fetus inside me if I'm incompatible to my partner's blood. Which was the case with all of my children. It may be completely unrelated to the antibodies they're speaking of, but I still find it really interesting, especially since they indicate the test they do is 100% accurate! I'm surprised no one talks about this as I have never heard of it before!!

Please share all you have on this subject!

Carol

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