‘Hyperconnectivity’ Seen in Brains of Children With Autism

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By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism may have higher-than-normal connectivity between certain areas of the brain, suggests a small study that hints brain imaging might some day be used to diagnose the developmental disorder.

The findings come from MRI brain scans of 20 children with autism spectrum disorders and 20 children without autism. Researchers found that those with an autism spectrum disorder showed “hyperconnectivity” along five major brain networks.

The results, reported in the June 26 online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, suggest that the brain’s “functional organization” differs between kids with and without autism.

“The way different areas within those brain networks ‘talk’ to each other is quite different in children with autism, compared with typically developing children,” said senior researcher Vinod Menon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

One network, called the…

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