18 Feb '12, 4pm

Could Autism Be Diagnosed At 6 Months? | Care2 Causes

Could Autism Be Diagnosed At 6 Months? | Care2 Causes

A just-published study could potentially provide a biomarker for autism. Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied young children considered at high risk for autism due to having an autistic sibling. The scientists found notable differences in the brain development of 6-month-old infants who later were diagnosed with autism, as compared to those who did not. Specifically, the scientists studied 92 infants all of whom had older autistic siblings. The children all had diffusion tensor imaging (a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) at the age of 6 months and then behavioral assessments at 24 months. In addition, most had additional brain imaging scans at either or both 12 and 24 months. At that point, 28 infants (30 percent) met the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis while 64 infants (70 percent) did not. Science Daily explain...

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