'Hyperconnectivity' Seen in Brains of Children With Autism

Findings suggest brain imaging could potentially speed diagnosis

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The hope, he said, is that these early findings will eventually lead to reliable "biomarkers" of autism. Doctors then may be able to use brain scans to improve diagnosis at an earlier age. But that will take more time and study.

One of the "next critical steps" is to study young children, Menon said. "Our findings will help guide those studies."

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Autism Speaks has more on autism spectrum disorders.

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