Cardinal Glennon Launches New Autism Study

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The autism program at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is recruiting infants for a study on early detection of autism spectrum disorders in siblings.

Infants between six and twelve months who have an older sibling with some type of autism disorder are needed.

Lead researcher Dr. Rolanda Maxim says if the infants fail an early screening test, some of their DNA will be sent to a lab to detect that child’s risk of developing autism.

“And that risk could be the accepted risk that is around ten percent for female siblings or twenty percent for male siblings or it could be lower or higher than that,” Maxim said. “So we can tell the family that the child has a risk for developing autism and how high that risk is.”

Maxim says early detection of autism spectrum disorders in children improves their outcomes through early diagnosis and treatment.

For more info on this study, call (314) 577-5609.

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