Children's Hospital Gets $1.9 Million to Study Autism

OCTOBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 4:47 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Children's Hospital has received $1,900,000 to study autism.

The hospital's research institute will look at whether abnormal levels of metabolites in the blood are associated with autism and whether the abnormal metabolic profile is determined by a person's genetic makeup.  In the last several years, the number of cases of autism has increased significantly.  It now affects more than 2,500 children in Arkansas.  The National Institute of Child Health and Development made the grant.

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