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Study links epilepsy and autism

Published 16/05/2013

A link between epilepsy and autism has been discovered for the first time.

Breakthrough research from the University of Bath found adults with epilepsy have higher traits of autism and Asperger syndrome.

It found epileptic seizures disrupt the neurological function that affects social functioning in brains, resulting in the same traits seen in autism.

SallyAnn Wakeford, a PhD student at the university's Department of Psychology, said the traits could be “severe” and go unnoticed for many years, having a great impact on the lives of those experiencing them.

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