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Experimental blood test could speed autism diagnosis: U.S. study

Developers of an Experimental Blood test for autism say it can detect the condition in more than 96 percent of cases and do so across a broad spectrum of patients, potentially allowing for earlier diagnosis, according to a study released on Thursday.

The findings, published in PLoS Computational Biology, are the latest effort to develop a blood test for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is estimated to affect about 1 in 68 babies. The cause remains a mystery although it has been shown that childhood vaccines are not responsible.

The main characteristics of people with ASD are:

  • Difficulty in communicating with others
  • Repetitive behaviour
  • Limited interests and/or activities
  • Symptoms recognized in first two years of life

People with ASD may experience other difficulties like being highly sensitive to light, noise or even temperature.


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