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Brain Anatomy Could Point to Autism
Date:5/4/2009

utistic children and may be contributory to the enlarged head circumference found in a subset of children with autism," he said. Enlargement of the amygdala may also "contribute to the difficulties in interpreting interpersonal and social nuance though disturbances in social-orienting behaviors and reduced eye contact," Shaw said.

Piven's study comes on the heels of a report published online last week in the journal Nature that found that the inheritance of abnormal mutations of two common genes can raise the risk for developing autism.

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For more about autism, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.



SOURCES: Joseph Piven, M.D., professor, psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jon Shaw, M.D., professor and chief, division of child & adolescent psychiatry, department of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami; May 2009, Archives of General Psychiatry


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