June 11, 2017, Philly Voice: CHOP looks to brain scans for breakthrough in early detection of autism
By Michael Tanenbaum
With a shift in diagnostic criteria raising the number of American children placed on the autism spectrum—and with families and professionals adjusting their approach to conceptualizing the disorder—researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia believe there may be promise in conducting brain scans to enable earlier detection of the condition.
The multi-site Infant Brain Imaging Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to determine the predictive ability of functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) as a means of identifying brain activity patterns in six-month-old children who may be at risk to develop autism by two years of age. ...
Current estimates say autism affects roughly 1 out 68 children in the United States, a rate that has climbed partly because fewer children are diagnosed with an intellectual disability. ...
With fcMRI, the research team scanned the brains of 59 high-risk six-month-olds—younger siblings of kids with autism—while they slept under natural conditions. Machine learning technology designed to parse through neuroimaging results was then used to make predictions about the children who would or would not develop autism. ...
In total, researchers found 974 functional connections in the brains of 6-month-olds that were associated with autism-related behaviors, suggesting brain scans could be an accurate way to predict autism in high-risk infants.
This is how the media brainwashes us everyday. Reporter Tanenbaum is a facilitator here, probably unwittingly, passing on the biggest medical fraud in history.
Here's what he's telling the public:
All the autism is just diagnostic substitution. (Forget the "partly" because it's the only explanation he gives.)
We need to focus on early detection. (Autism is inevitable because kids are born with it. It only first shows itself around age two.)
MRIs could find autism at six months. (So we could start that all important "early intervention" even earlier.)
I'm sure it's no coincidence that on ABC 20/20 on February 23, 2007, CHOP'S Paul Offit explained that the increase in autism was due to the fact that “people that we once called quirky or geeky or nerdy are now called autistic.” And after ten years, the lie is still with us. (Ignore the fact that in 2007 the autism rate was one in 150, and according Offit, it was just better diagnosing, and today at one in 68, the same rationale is used.)
This is intended to reinforce every lie about autism: no real increase, autism is solely genetic, all we can do is look for the signs. It also shows that researchers are working on autism, we just need to be patient.
And as far as the cause of those "974 functional connections in the brains of 6-months olds that were associated with autism-related behaviors," Tanenbaum didn't tell us. According to CHOP, they just happen with autism.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.