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Researchers hopeful blood test effective in detecting autism

Today, roughly one in 50 children is diagnosed as having some form of autism. For these children, early diagnosis and treatment in the form of behavioral and cognitive therapies have an enormous impact on their ability to learn how to cope with their disability and thrive.

Researchers recently announced the start of a clinical trial in which they hope to develop a test that would aid in the early diagnosis of autism. Researchers conducting the study are hopeful that the blood test will prove effective in detecting molecular differences that appear to be present in those with autism.

Autism is classified as a developmental disorder which often affects an individual's ability to relate socially with others, communicate effectively and motor skills. The disorder has an extremely broad spectrum of how it manifests, but most behavior patterns associated with the disorder are believed to be set by a very young age.

To date, the causes of autism are unknown. In recent years, the number of individuals diagnosed with the disorder has continued to steadily increase making the need for additional research and early detection more necessary than ever.

For the study, researchers will review blood test of roughly 660 patients at more than 20 hospital test sites around the country. Those conducting the study hope the results will allow for an easier and more definitive diagnosis of the disorder at an earlier age. Early intervention is key in helping both those impacted by autism and family members learn to manage and overcome obstacles associated with the disorder.

Our law firm helps secure social security disability benefits for individuals living with autism. Our attorneys specialize in helping to secure disability benefits for individuals who may have previously been denied benefits.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Blood Test Aims to Detect Autism," Shirley S. Wang, April 23

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