New insight into what triggers autism: Unstable blood vessels disrupt blood flow to the brain, causing neurological changes
Autism has previously been linked to a person's neurological make-up.
But now, a new study has revealed the condition may be caused by the vascular system triggering changes to a person's neurological function.
Scientists from New York University determined that evidence of autism can be found in the brain's blood vessels.
The researchers found people with with condition have unstable blood vessels, which disrupt the flow of blood to the brain.
That can lead to limited neurological function, according to Dr Efrain Azmita, lead author of the study and a professor of biology at NYU.
The findings shed new light on the cause of autism – and identify a new target for potential therapeutic intervention.
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- 16th December 2015
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