New app may help diagnose autism in children

Scientists have developed a new smartphone app that may screen for symptoms of autism by reading children's facial expressions for emotional cues.

"Not only could the app be used to learn more about childhood autism, it could possibly reveal signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in warfighters -- conditions that often have subtle symptoms and are difficult to diagnose," said Predrag Neskovic, from US Office of Naval Research (ONR)'s Mathematical Data Science programme.

The app, called "Autism and Beyond," was developed by researchers and software developers at Duke University and the Duke Medical Centre in US.

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31st December 2015