AUTISM STUDY-VO - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

AUTISM STUDY-VO

A LARGE CLINICAL TRIAL IS TRYING TO DETERMINE IF A SIMPLE BLOOD TEST COULD DIAGNOSE AUTISM.

20-INSTITUTIONS SCATTERED ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ENROLLING MORE THAN SIX HUNDRED YOUNG CHILDREN WHO HAVE *NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM IN THE STUDY.

THE GOAL IS TO CREATE THE FIRST BLOOD TEST THAT LOOKS FOR BIOLOGICAL MARKERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISORDER.

RESEARCHERS SAY A BLOOD TEST COULD HELP DOCTORS DIAGNOSE THE DISEASE WHEN PATIENTS ARE STILL VERY YOUNG -- BEFORE AUTISM SYMPTOMS ARE USUALLY RECOGNIZED.

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