Dr. Francis Collins of NIH posted this today on their blog. My wife works with ASD children and what with the challenges around diagnosis and early treatment, I found it very interesting. Medical imaging will continue to expand its role into healthcare for the foreseeable future.
For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), early diagnosis is critical to allow for possible interventions at a time when the brain is most amenable to change. But that’s been tough to implement for a simple reason: the symptoms of ASD, such as communication difficulties, social deficits, and repetitive behaviors, often do not show up until a child turns 2 or even 3 years old.
Now, an NIH-funded research team has news that may pave the way for earlier detection of ASD.