Researchers claim to have developed a technique to accurately detect autism in children. Doctors often struggle to diagnose the disorder because it has many symptoms, including repetitive behavior, as well as attention and communication problems.
But in a study published in Molecular Autism, a group of European researchers claim to have found a way to accurately detect the disease through urine and blood tests. The researchers have found signs that the disease damages certain proteins found in blood. Based on the presence of these “biomarkers,” they have developed algorithms that can tell whether a child has autism.
“Our test is expected to improve the accuracy of ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] diagnosis from 60 – 70 percent currently achieved by experts in neurological disorders to approximately 90 percent accuracy,” said the study’s lead author Naila Rabbani, a biologist at the University of Warwick in the UK.