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Extra brain cells may be key to autism

With this latest study they say that an increase in brain cells in the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for social, emotion and communication functions which develops during the second trimester may be behind the cause of autism, they also say they finally have something solid to build on but the study was done on a very limited scale.

Personally the size of Bilal’s head was never questioned by any of the doctors he’s seen and I dont think it is an issue for him, maybe cause his autism is mild the increase of brain cells are limited too. The second trimester for me is when things went bad, the high blood pressure, the water retention and the ear infection, those could have been triggers to cause the brain cells to increase…

Here you can find an article to read for yourself.



Autistic Facial Features

According to new research they say children with autism have distinct facial features, that is if you know what you’re looking for. It is not as distinct as a feature as those with Down Syndrome.

“The study found children with autism had wider eyes, and a “broader upper face,” compared with typically developing children. According to the study, children with autism also had a shorter middle region of the face – including the nose and cheeks – as well as a wider mouth and philtrum, the divot above the lip and below the nose.

The study also found that children with more severe autism traits such as behavioral problems, language difficulties, and repetitive behaviors had distinct facial differences from other children with milder autism.”


I dont really understand what that means, Bilal looks like a mini-me and we dont have wide eyes, and I dont understand all the rest of it, short middle region, as in small nose and cheeks? Bilal has mild autism so he may have mild features…

They say recognizing when these features become obvious may indicate whether autism is genetic or environmental and may even make diagnosing easier.

My personal belief as they keep saying each child with autism is different then they are also different in¬†appearance. I’m not sure this applies to Bilal’s case.


To read the news article you can check out: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20123858-10391704/children-with-autism-have-distinct-facial-features-study/

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