Researchers believe they may be closer to a biological test for autism, which could help exponentially in early diagnosis.
The Autism Society of America says that over one million Americans live with autism. Catching autism early increases the odds that an affected child has a relatively normal life.
Researchers say a test they’ve developed is 94 percent accurate in detecting the disorder. The test uses an MRI to measure parts of the brain the deal with language, social and emotional functions. Currently autism is tested more subjectively, and researchers hope this new method of testing can someday replace that.
Early diagnosis gives children access to treatment earlier; many experts say that if autism is diagnosed early enough, it is possible for some children’s symptoms to reduce to the point that that are no longer on the autism spectrum.
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