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‘Good Doctor,’ ‘Love on the Spectrum’: Autism Researchers Respond

If you’re following Netflix’s Love on the Spectrum, you were likely charmed by Abbey and David’s kiss on an African Safari hilltop or beamed as Tanner and a timid Kate shared a broken umbrella in the rain. Early watchers of the show, like Michelle Ivey, said the dating series had the potential to foster genuine empathy with its stars and spur interest in more love-centered stories on the spectrum. “I really did enjoy seeing an autistic person moving through regular life stuff, moving through dating and trying to…

New Evidence Highlights a Serious Flaw in Our Perception of Autism : ScienceAlert

The more we learn about autism, the more egregious our old misconceptions seem. New research conducted on mice shows how male and female brains may be equally prone to autism, adding to evidence suggesting the condition has been significantly underestimated in women.The findings represent an urgent need to include male and female subjects in studies of autism spectrum disorder ( ASD), says a team led by neuroscientist Manish Kumar Tripathi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Historically, autism has been thought of,…

CHOOSE System Unlocks Autism Secrets

By IMBA- Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences December 25, 2023A breakthrough in autism research has been achieved with the CHOOSE system, developed by IMBA and ETH Zurich researchers. This technology enables detailed study of genetic mutations in human brain organoids, offering profound insights into autism’s underlying mechanisms and paving the way for broader disease research applications.The CHOOSE system, an innovative approach combining brain organoids and genetics, transforms…

AI autism detection can diagnose children by scanning their eyes

A new AI can detect and diagnose childhood autism just by scanning photos of their eyes. The system is comprised of a deep-learning AI algorithm, which diagnosed childhood autism with 100% accuracy during a test phase. The findings surrounding the new detection system could allow for better screening tools and early diagnosis.The screening relies on a new method that scientists came up with, which allows them to access information about the brain by looking at the back of the eye, where the retina and optic nerve…

A Hidden Pattern in Children’s Eyes Can Reveal if They Have Autism : ScienceAlert

Deep learning AI models could be used to screen for autism and check on the severity of the condition, according to new research – and all the AI might need is a photo of the subject's retina.Previous studies have linked changes in retinal nerves with altered brain structures, and from there to Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD). The evidence suggests the eye really is a window to the brain, via the interconnectedness of the central nervous system."Individuals with ASD have structural retinal changes that potentially…

AI-screened eye pics diagnose childhood autism with 100% accuracy

Researchers have taken photographs of children’s retinas and screened them using a deep learning AI algorithm to diagnose autism with 100% accuracy. The findings support using AI as an objective screening tool for early diagnosis, especially when access to a specialist child psychiatrist is limited.At the back of the eye, the retina and the optic nerve connect at the optic disc. An extension of the central nervous system, the structure is a window into the brain and researchers have started capitalizing on their ability…

Pioneering AI Technology Diagnoses Autism in Children Under Two With 98.5% Accuracy

An advanced AI system accurately diagnoses autism in young children by analyzing brain MRIs, demonstrating a 98.5% accuracy rate. This innovative technology, developed by a multi-disciplinary team, promises to enhance early detection and treatment of autism, addressing current delays in diagnosis due to limited testing resources.A groundbreaking AI system now diagnoses autism in children under two years old with 98.5% accuracy using brain MRIs, paving the way for earlier, more effective treatment and management of…

How My Mother’s Dementia Showed Me Another Side of Neurodiversity

My late father, Donald, an English professor, raised me to appreciate great literature. But it was my mother, Leslie, who taught me to love words. She would sit with me for hours on the couch, pointing to words in books and magazines, and patiently enunciating them, bantering with me in an inexhaustible volley of puns, spoonerisms and goofy double entendres. This wordplay came naturally to my mother, a kind of jazz. It was the music that bound us together through the decades as I became a writer. Then in 2017, my sister…

Trans People’s Mental Health Is Being Weaponized Against Them | WIRED

A couple of years ago, it was impossible to be both transgender and mentally healthy—at least according to the International Classification of Diseases, an enormous guidebook doctors the world over used to diagnose their patients. For decades, “transsexualism” and “gender identity disorder of childhood” sat beside personality disorders and paraphilias, or atypical sexual interests, in the ICD’s mental illness section.Finally, in the edition that took effect last year, gender-related diagnoses were reclassified as sexual…

Researchers Discover Potential Target for Treating Neuropsychiatric Disorders Like Autism and Schizophrenia in Teens

Researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester have discovered a possible treatment target for neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism, during critical windows of brain development. By stimulating underperforming neurons in the dopamine system, which connect to the frontal cortex, they have been able to rescue structural brain deficiencies and potentially alter the disease course, demonstrating long-lasting effects into adulthood.Throughout childhood and…