Brain scans detect signs of autism in high-risk babies
The possibility of detecting autism in babies, even before their first birthday, has come to light. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the University of North Carolina were able to predict (with 80 percent accuracy), which babies who had an older sibling with autism would be later diagnosed with the disorder. The brain imaging scans, taken at 6 months, at 12 months and again at 2 years, showed significant growth in brain volume during the first year in babies who would later meet the criteria for autism – not making eye contact, delaying speech or displaying other developmental delays.
Excess sugar linked to Alzheimer’s
Sugar has found another victim; this time it is Alzheimer’s. Scientists have found that Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by excess sugar; they have established a ‘tipping point’ link between the blood sugar glucose and the disease. This means people with high sugar diets could be at a greater risk of developing the degenerative neurological condition. Researchers found that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stage of the disease.