Autism reveals itself in different ways in women than in men, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.
Aug 11, 2013 -- 4:47 pmBy Josephine Lethbridge, The Conversation
Autism reveals itself in different ways in women than in men, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. And this has the potential to great advance our understanding of the condition.
Autism is estimated to affect 1% of the population and is believed to be more prevalent in males. As most studies have focused on this gender, this has led to a male-biased understanding of autism and, the Cambridge researchers say, the prevalence of female autism could be largely underestimated.
For this new study, equal samples of men and women were used to examine whether autism affects the brain of males and females in a similar or different way. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were used to map the brains of people with and without autism.
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