Detecting autism in kids earlier

The hope is that with earlier detection of autism, families can get early access to support and services.

CHARLOTTE, NC โ€” Simple health records could help doctors detect autism sooner.

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Duke University researchers are using a new tool to help predict autism within one month after a child is born. It involves using routine medical information, all found in a child’s electronic health records.

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Out of a study of more than 45,000 kids, researchers could put together an algorithm looking at trends and patterns in health care. It includes how often a child visits doctors for brain, stomach, and sleeping issues, often early signs of autism.

And researchers say screening health records in combination with talking with parents and doctors was successful. Just days after being born โ€“ the technology is able to identify nearly half of the children with autism.

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The hope is that with earlier detection of autism, families can get early access to support and services.

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