Brain Scans Can Reveal The Occurrence Of Autism – Part 2 of 3
So “Our study pinpoints disruptions in the circuitry in a brain province that has been known for a long time to be responsible for language, social and emotional functioning, which are the major deficits in autism,” said lead author Nicholas Lange, director of the Neurostatistics Laboratory at McLean Hospital and an fellow professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “If we can get to the physical basis of the potential sources of those deficits, we can better understand how exactly it’s happening and what we can do to develop more effective treatments”. The research is published in the Dec 2, 2010 online edition of Autism Research.
Dr Stewart Mostofsky, medical director at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders, called the investigation “intriguing”. However, it remains to be seen if the test is sensitive enough to distinguish between autism and other developmental conditions that impact the brain. “This is a very preliminary step and one that will require larger samples of children and a broader tier of children with autism and other development disorders, particularly other developmental language disorders”.