Study: Brain scans on infants may help detect autism

Chapel Hill, N.C. (NBC News) – Brain scans may help detect autism in babies long before they show any symptoms

Scientists at the University of North Carolina studied the brains of 59 6-month olds with a family history of autism.

Scans measured over 26,000 connections between 230 areas of their brains.

They identified specific brain patterns in nine out of the 11 children eventually diagnosed with autism.

It’s not yet clear if the test applies to infants without a high genetic risk.

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