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Tag: diagnostic imaging

August 2023
A grid of four brain scans showing excess cerebrospinal fluid.

Is excess brain fluid an early marker of autism?

by  /  17 August 2023

Brain scans of hundreds of infants suggest that up to 80 percent of those with autism have unusual amounts of cerebrospinal fluid. Researchers are studying how this might contribute to the condition.

July 2022
A cross-section of the human brain and limbic system

Amygdala-linked brain areas grow differently in autism

by  /  13 July 2022

The growth differences vary between autistic boys and girls and are most apparent among children with prominent social difficulties.

July 2019

Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

by  /  2 July 2019

We asked five autism researchers to weigh in on whether there is a unique brain signature for autism and, if so, how to identify it.

May 2019
overlapping network of connections in the brain

The connectivity theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

A growing body of evidence suggests that autism involves atypical communication between brain regions, but how and where in the brain this plays out is unclear.

June 2018

Abridged autism assessment speeds access to therapy

by  /  5 June 2018

A new strategy for diagnosing autism shortens the evaluation process — and the wait for answers.

March 2018
Week of MarchMar

Late-life diagnosis; narrated brain stimulation; microglia movie and more

by  /  30 March 2018

Women describe relief at finally learning they have autism, a man with epilepsy narrates during stimulation of his brain, and the brain’s immune cells are caught on film nibbling at neuronal connections.

Week of MarchMar

Activists arrested; poop cult; ‘landmark’ movie and more

by  /  23 March 2018

Activists are arrested while protesting the use of electroshock devices, a Facebook group claims cabbage slurry can prevent autism, and a movie features romance — and actors — on the spectrum.

February 2018

Program in Scotland boosts speed, accuracy of autism diagnosis

by  /  20 February 2018

A project in Scotland dramatically increased the accuracy of autism diagnosis and cut waiting times in half.

November 2017
Magnetoencephalography picks up the tiny magnetic fields produced by neuronal activity.

Powerful duo of techniques charts signals’ path through brain

by  /  13 November 2017

Combining a brain imaging technique with a neuron stimulation method can reveal how activity at one site travels through neural networks in the brain.

August 2017
Structural anomalies (purple and blue) in the brains of babies with autism at 6 months (bottom row) become more widespread by 12 months (top row).

Weak ‘wiring’ in infant brains augurs severe autism features

by  /  21 August 2017

Babies who are later diagnosed with autism may show aberrant connections between some brain regions in their first year of life.