Autism And Brain Scans: Snake Oil Or The Real Deal?

May 23, 2008 | Posted by: Cash | Full story: www.scientificblogging.com

Some research shows that children with autism are prone to seizures and that 50 percent of children diagnosed as autistic would have abnormal EEGs if tested. Many top neurologists caution that these tests would by no means make sense for every child with autistic symptoms.
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May 23, 2008
 
I generally think autism is overdiagnosed and not well understood - a quaint combination in hindsight but, like skull drilling for headaches, not all that great at the time.
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Given that there is a gender gap, 3 to 4 times more boys are diagnosed to have autism, there might be a better understanding to come sooner rather than later.
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Given that there is a gender gap, 3 to 4 times more boys are diagnosed to have autism, there might be a better understanding to come sooner rather than later.
I guess the feminists are angry about that.

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truthist wrote:
Given that there is a gender gap, 3 to 4 times more boys are diagnosed to have autism, there might be a better understanding to come sooner rather than later.
...I don't get it. What would the gender ratio have to do with the understanding of autistic behavior?
Besides, what is it that people can't understand about it?

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Cash wrote:
I generally think autism is overdiagnosed and not well understood - a quaint combination in hindsight but, like skull drilling for headaches, not all that great at the time.
Please provide supporting facts (not opinion) for your statement.

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<quoted text>Please provide supporting facts (not opinion) for your statement.
I'm no Jean Piaget but I thought you learned reading comprehension in grade school. I said,
"I think ..." not "It is a fact that ..."

Autism diagnoses are very high, which means it has likely become a default diagnosis for things that like a laboratory assay. Otherwise we're forced to revise history to show that 75% of famous scientists were actually autistic.

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I'm no Jean Piaget but I thought you learned reading comprehension in grade school. I said,
"I think ..." not "It is a fact that ..."
Autism diagnoses are very high, which means it has likely become a default diagnosis for things that like a laboratory assay. Otherwise we're forced to revise history to show that 75% of famous scientists were actually autistic.
And so what if they were? That would be a good thing for autistics, right? Of course, that's mostly if you count Aspergers Syndrome as autism, although they are technically two conditions that lie upon the same spectrum.
I agree with you in thinking that it may be overdiagnosed, but then again, it might truly be fairly common. I tend to view it as a set of personality and behavioral characteristics rather than some kind of disease. I can only imagine the trouble I would have been able to avoid if only I had never spoken a word in my life...

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Cash wrote:
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I'm no Jean Piaget but I thought you learned reading comprehension in grade school. I said,
"I think ..." not "It is a fact that ..."
Autism diagnoses are very high, which means it has likely become a default diagnosis for things that like a laboratory assay. Otherwise we're forced to revise history to show that 75% of famous scientists were actually autistic.
Silly me, I took your "Got Science?" question seriously, assumed you had proper education and postgraduate work, multiple grants to fund your resarch and pay your graduate students, and were prepared to provide references to support your position. But it seems you're just an arrogant, blowhard wannabe who's just blowing smoke out his sphincter, and you got your panties in a wad because you can't back up your spew. I won't waste further time on you.

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And so what if they were? That would be a good thing for autistics, right? Of course, that's mostly if you count Aspergers Syndrome as autism, although they are technically two conditions that lie upon the same spectrum.
I agree with you in thinking that it may be overdiagnosed, but then again, it might truly be fairly common. I tend to view it as a set of personality and behavioral characteristics rather than some kind of disease. I can only imagine the trouble I would have been able to avoid if only I had never spoken a word in my life...
Hi Rucin. I totally agree. I'm attending a conference later this month about the autistic spectrum disorder. I plan to bring up the personality hypothisis.
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Cash wrote:
I generally think autism is overdiagnosed and not well understood - a quaint combination in hindsight but, like skull drilling for headaches, not all that great at the time.
It's not overdiagnosed. That has been factored out of many scientific studies. It really has increased drastically.

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Hi Rucin. I totally agree. I'm attending a conference later this month about the autistic spectrum disorder. I plan to bring up the personality hypothisis.
Well, thanks. Let me know how it goes, would you kindly?
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eigenvalue wrote:
<quoted text>Silly me, I took your "Got Science?" question seriously, assumed you had proper education and postgraduate work, multiple grants to fund your resarch and pay your graduate students, and were prepared to provide references to support your position. But it seems you're just an arrogant, blowhard wannabe who's just blowing smoke out his sphincter, and you got your panties in a wad because you can't back up your spew. I won't waste further time on you.
Wow, whose panties are in a wad?
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Lily wrote:
<quoted text> Wow, whose panties are in a wad?
All I did was ask the boy for some facts to support his position, and he insulted me. I am accustomed to conversations with proper scientists, and the defensive reactions of uneducated crackpots annoy me. I detest having my valuable time wasted and am concerned for laypeople potentially led astray by "scientific" discussions directed by such crackpots. Science is not composed of opinions, it is composed of facts, observation, reproducible experimentation, and logically derived results which are reviewed. Opinions are useless.
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