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Report: Doctors Could Identify Signs Of Autism At 6 Months

By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Doctors may be able to identify autism risk at much earlier stages than previously thought.

There’s very interesting information from the American Journal of Psychiatry which suggests that changes in brain development as early as six months of age can help predict if children are going to develop autism as they get older.

This is very important as far as potential treatments are concerned.

Now, this is not the first time we’ve seen results like this. Research conducted by the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London and published in January showed that in the first year of life, babies that go on to develop autism already show different brain responses when someone looks at them or they look away.

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    This is great – but many do not have access to (good) health care, nor do they have the insurance to pay for it. Detecting autism earlier is important and can make a huge difference in a child’s life – finding a knowledgeable doctor and having access to early intervention services is another matter.

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