Overabundance of synapses linked to autism, study suggests

08/21/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The brains of children with autism have too many synapses, which are usually pruned away by the brain as the child grows in adolescence, according to a study published in Neuron. Researchers suggest that something stops the pruning process, leaving some areas of the brain with an overabundance of synapses causing stimuli overload. The study by the Columbia University Medical Center could help explain how autism develops and lead to possible treatments.

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