According to new research findings reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, autism begins when certain brain cells fail to properly mature within the womb. The researchers looked at post-mortem brain tissue taken from those with and without autism, and found that those diagnosed with autism missed key genetic markets for brain cells that are supposed to develop before birth.
The benefit of these findings is that doctors may be able to one day provide a way to diagnose autism earlier, and therefore allowing for earlier treatment and therapy. Still unknown, though, is what triggers these brain-cell disruptions—although it could be factors such as genetics and/or environment.
Read more about this study here on Bloomberg.
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