Brain scans may predict risk of autism in infants

Dhaka,  Mon,  24 July 2017
Published : 13 Jun 2017, 17:46:32 | Updated : 13 Jun 2017, 17:48:23
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Brain scans may predict risk of autism in infants

Brain scans may predict risk of autism in infants
Autism is identified as a neurological disorder that is associated with brain development as well as the cognitive functions. Although the exact cause of the disabling disease is not yet known to the medical world, experts believe the ailment to be a combination of genetic mutations and a host of environmental factors.

Experts also suggest lack of proper oxygen supply to fetus' brain to trigger the condition. The ailment is never similar for two patients and may vary in degree and in nature from person to person. Some of the earliest signs start appearing in kids ageing 2-3 years of age. These children may find it difficult to form words or phrases and may not speak or exhibit gestural ability.

Experts are one step closer to detect and diagnose the condition better. According to a recent research, brain scans of babies who have autistic siblings may help in predicting if the child is susceptible to the condition. This technique may help calculate and establish the risk rate in infants with autistic siblings, according to a media report.

 
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