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A new study has shown that babies who develop autism show different brain responses within the first year of their life.
In their first year of life, babies who will go on to develop autism already show different brain responses when someone looks at or away from them.
Teaching children with autism to 'talk things through in their head' may help them to solve complex day-to-day tasks, which could increase the chances of independent, flexible living later in life.
The basis of autism spectrum disorder is long known to have a strong genetic component, however new research is suggesting that environmental factors may play an equally important role in this developmental disorder affecting nearly one in 100 children.
New research conducted in the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, reports that children with autism and gastrointestinal disturbances have high levels of a bacterium called Sutterella in their intestines.
The underlying reason autism is often associated with gastrointestinal problems is an unknown, but new results to be published in the online journal mBio® on January 10 reveal that the guts of autistic children differ from other children in at least one important way: many children with autism harbor a type of bacteria in their guts that non-autistic children do not.
Teaching young children with autism to imitate others may improve a broader range of social skills.