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Neuronal Evidence Points to Autism Development During Pregnancy

Bloomberg News reports on new research published in NEJM that has found more evidence that autism begins as early as in the second trimester of pregnancy. Researchers analyzed brain tissue slides of 11 deceased children who had autism and 11 deceased controls and were able to develop the “first three-dimensional model showing brain locations where patches of cortex failed to develop normally.” Researchers found that abnormal brain tissue development came in the form of disorganized patches which “indicates this must have happened in fetal life when the brain is setting up neural cell types, neural connections and neural layers.” The results bring us one step closer to being able to diagnose children earlier in life when treatment is most effective.

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.

Read the study in NEJM.