EARLY BRAIN CHANGES MAY HELP PREDICT AUTISM AMONG HIGH-RISK INFANTS

Brain changes at age six or 12 months may help predict the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age two years among infants with a high family risk, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, ASD can be diagnosed as early as age two years, based on certain behaviors and communication difficulties. The study, funded by the NIH Autism Centers of Excellence Program, is published in the February 16, 2017, issue of Nature.

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