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New Children's study may lead to earlier detection of autism risk

Can studying brain patterns lead to earlier identification of autism?

An early detection of autism is key because it gives clinicians and parents ample time to formulate a treatment plan. But unfortunately autism is difficult to identify in infants and young children because many of its symptoms aren’t noticeable until the child is walking, talking and regularly interacting with his environment.

But work by Children’s Hospital Boston researchers suggests that a noninvasive test to evaluate an infant’s autism risk could one day be available for children under a year of age.

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