20 Feb '12, 1pm

New study detects autism as early as six months

New study detects autism as early as six months

Until now, early detection and treatment of autism depended upon whether or not parents were able to detect the disease's earliest warning signs. And because early detection and treatment may help to interrupt autism's development and minimize future problems, many parents watch and wait breathlessly during their child's toddler years as they wait for their child to hit certain milestones — communicating verbally, socializing with other kids, thinking flexibly. But new research may take the burden of detection off parents and allow health care providers to catch the development of autism earlier than ever. According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the early signs of autism are visible in the brains of 6-month-old infants. Researchers looked at early brain development and found that tracts of white matter that connect different regions of th...

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