Some autistic brains different

study shows how some autistic brains are wired differently:

"Too many tight connections in frontal-lobe circuits and too few long-distance links between the frontal lobe and the rest of the brain may cause some of the language, social problems and repetitive behavior seen in autism spectrum disorders, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine. The research links a variant of the CNTNAP2 gene to this particular type of rewiring in the brain.
The new findings, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the types and strength of connections between brain regions, could provide autism experts with some important clues for early intervention and treatment. (More on Time.com: Special Report: Kids and Mental Health)
"I think it is quite a beautiful study," says Kamila Markram, director of the Autism Project at the Brain Mind Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, who was not associated with the current research. "What's new is that it brings the genetic data together with the functional brain activity and that is usually not done. Either people look at gene expression or they look at functional brain activity. To bring them together and relate them to say, 'That particular gene is responsible for the different connection pattern that one observes,' that's a unique research area and that's the beauty of the study.""

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luke for hope

im always blown away by the huge advances medicine has made in any field but am so glad that they have branched out to offer hope to those who are just starting the autistic journey,

as always

loving thoughts and positive vibes
D :)

i hear ya, its crazy the things that technology and science can help with today.

Look into some of the stem-cell research and autism. Very interesting research. Ill try to find the link but one study recently suggested that using stem cells from birth that were banks lead to some decrease in "autistic" symptoms.