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Scientists have successfully detected autism in young infants utilising MRI scans, reports DailyMail.co.uk. Researchers tested the method on hundreds of infants with autistic siblings, making them ‘at risk’. The experiment had an 80 per cent success rate in detecting early signs of autism in the brain. Dr Joseph Piven, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said, “Our study shows that early brain development biomarkers could be very useful in identifying babies at the highest risk for autism before behavioural symptoms emerge. Typically, the earliest an autism diagnosis can be made is between ages two and three. But for babies with older autistic siblings, our imaging approach may help predict during the first year of life which babies are most likely to receive an autism diagnosis at 24 months.”

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