EEG traces 'could enhance detection of autism'

27 June 2012

A simple brain scan has the ability to detect signs of autism in children as young as two years old, new research has suggested.

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have conducted a study which claims that EEG traces can offer a diagnostic test for finding the serious health condition.

EEG traces work by recording the electrical brain activity of a human being, with the assistance of scalp electrodes.

According to a trial conducted by the scientists, which involved almost 1,000 children, EEG traces were found to clearly identify the youngsters who were suffering from autism.

Caroline Hattersley, of The National Autistic Society, has been pleased with the study's results, stating: "We welcome any research that may help us to understand autism better and improve diagnosis times for those with the condition."

The National Autistic Society has highlighted that more than half a million people in the UK currently live with autism, which works out at about one in 100 of the country's population.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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