Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scientists Identify Subtle Autism Characteristics

Autism: Wider eyes and a broader mouth: Scientists identify subtle ‘distinct facial characteristics’ of children with developmental disorder.

The findings could help uncover the underlying causes of the developmental disorder

Children with autism have distinct facial characteristics compared with non-autistic children, according to a team of scientists.

Researchers at the University of Missouri made the claim after mapping the faces of dozens of boys both with and without the developmental disorder.

The face and brain develop in tandem, with each influencing the other, beginning in the embryo and continuing through the teenage years.

Scientists believe that pinpointing when these subtle changes occur could help them discover when autism...


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