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One in eight children in India aged 2–9 may have neurodevelopmental disorders

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1 in 8 kids in 2–9 age group may have devel­op­men­tal deficits  (Times of India):

Almost one in eight Indi­an chil­dren aged two to nine may have at least one neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­der, states a study pub­lished in PLOS Med­i­cine jour­nal on Wednes­day.

Neu­rode­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders include a wide range of issues rang­ing from visu­al and hear­ing impair­ment to autism and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties. Read the rest of this entry »

Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6‑month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imag­ing and machine learn­ing to pre­dict which high-risk infants will devel­op autism. Cred­it: Car­oli­na Insti­tute for Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties.

A Sin­gle Brain Scan Has Been Used to Accu­rate­ly Pre­dict Autism at Just 6 Months Old (Sci­ence alert)

Researchers have used brain scans and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence to spot dif­fer­ences in how key areas of infant brains syn­chro­nise, allow­ing them to accu­rate­ly pre­dict which babies would devel­op autism spec­trum dis­or­der (ASD) as a toddler…The research, led by sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at  Chapel Hill and Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, comes hot on the heels of an ear­li­er study that used two scans tak­en at 6 and 12 months to make a sim­i­lar pre­dic­tion.

Not only has this new method reduced the num­ber of scans required to make the Read the rest of this entry »

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (Sci­Am Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­i­ty is For­ev­er“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­i­ty lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­i­ty traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­i­ty lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

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