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12:32 PM, Jun 20, 2011   |    comments
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New research may lead to improvements in diagnosing autism.

Scientists at Columbia University used MRI to monitor the brain activity in 27 children as they listened to recordings of their parents talking.

They detected decreased activity in the region of the brain linked to sentence comprehension among children with autism when compared to other kids.

The findings suggest these types of MRI could be used to distinguish children with autism earlier, allowing them to begin behavior therapies at a younger age.

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