New Study Says Children With Autism Have More Synapses

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A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A new study suggests that children who have autism may have more synapses in their brain than other kids.

The study, published in the journal “Neuron,” may also explain why the kids with autism have epileptic seizures.

As children age, their bodies learn to prune brain synapses over time.

But doctors think kids with autism do not clear out as many synapses as they age, which could lead to over-activity and misfires in the brain.

Experts also think children who have autism may have trouble clearing old cells from their brain, which may also affect their synapse function.

Find more on the study at cell.com/neuron.

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