Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent. 1 in 88 children is diagnosed with the condition and because it is more prevalent among boys, 1 in 54 boys receive the diagnosis.
The good news is that research is increasing and there are many more treatments from which to choose.
New research shows that differences in the brain development of autistic children are already visible in infants as young as 6 months old.
Researchers at four study sites nationwide used a type of MRI scan to look at brain development in the younger siblings of autistic children, who are known to be at higher risk for autism themselves.
Ninety-two children were scanned at 6, 12, and 24 months of age, while the children were sleeping.
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