Autism is a problem that affects millions of families around the world every single year. Due to the nature of autism it is often quite difficult to detect in children until they have reached a certain age and like many illnesses or mental problems it becomes less and less effective to treat as the patient gets older. Fortunately today a study released showed a significant connection between one specific test and early warning signs that point towards autism in children.
Obviously detecting autism is not good news, but the fact that doctors may be able to detect it significantly earlier than before is very good news. The test is remarkably simple according to the report and if future testing shows that it is effective it will likely be implemented by nearly all doctors. The idea is that children exhibit a specific brain function when eye contact is made with others and the study shows that children with autism show a significantly abnormal reaction through brainwaves.
Doctors are still planning and developing a follow up test but they are hopeful that this simple method of detection will work in a majority of cases. Most researchers say that anything and everything they can do to detect autism sooner is good news for anyone and everyone. Doctors are already beginning to implement the test and in the coming months we should begin to see a better correlation between autism and the actual test results so that a more conclusive report can be published.