Autism in girls: It’s different

Because boys are more often diagnosed with autism than girls are, less is known about how the disorder affects females. But apparently there is a gender difference, according to a recent study in the UK by the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.  According to the BBC, the MRI-based study found that the brains of females with autism "look" more like—but still not the same as—healthy males, when compared with healthy females. But the same kind of difference was not seen in males with autism—so their brains did not show "extreme" male characteristics. Dr Meng-Chuan Lai, who worked on the study said: "What we have known about autism to date is mainly male-biased."

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August 9, 2013 10:56 AM