Tonight on Calendar we are speaking to the family of an 11-year-old girl from Sheffield who has been diagnosed with a rare form of autism called pathological demand avoidance. The condition means she struggles to cope with demands. They prompt rushes of anxiety that can lead to violent outbursts. We spoke to Sally Russell from the PDA Society earlier today, she was asked whether better training for the NHS would be the key to stopping misdiagnosis of the condition. … [Read more...] about Understanding pathological demand avoidance
Pathological demand avoidance diagnostic criteria
Working with the NHS, academia, government and industry to help patients A joint multi-million pound investment by government and industry partners, the initiative will fully digitise a number of NHS pathology laboratories, expanding access to innovative digital pathology services in the UK. The digitisation of pathology services by Philips will accelerate the development of novel artificial intelligence (AI) software to support cancer diagnostics: a key strategic goal of the programme and one which will be led by the NHS and Philips. Building this unique digital infrastructure will allow the UK to lead globally in the development and adoption of AI in health, meaning improved patient care through better and faster cancer diagnostics and treatment. "Philips has been fully invested in the Government's Life Sciences Industry Strategy from the outset and now has two opportunities to build strong partnerships that will drive improved patient care in the UK for years to come," comments … [Read more...] about Government and Philips Consortium Co-Invest in Digital Pathology and AI Innovation to Improve Cancer Care in the UK
Pathologists play a critical role in disease detection, particularly with cancer diagnosis. Traditionally, pathologists analyze tissue samples on glass slides under a microscope. When seeking a consultation with a sub-specialist, these glass slides must be transported to the second site, which can result in lost or damaged slides or delays in diagnosis. By creating a digital network, OUH will leverage the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution, including its Ultra Fast Scanner and Image Management System, to allow clinicians across the three regions and within the Thames Valley Cancer Network to collaborate remotely on patient cases. This enhanced collaboration will help reduce delays in slide transport times, encourage more efficient workflows across the sites, and enable quicker access to specialist pathology opinions. Digital pathology will also support NHS Improvement’s proposed Pathology networks, bringing together clinical expertise with the goal of enhancing patient … [Read more...] about Philips and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Team Up to Deploy Innovative Digital Pathology Network
Establishment of digital pathology centers The framework of the collaboration will include establishment of digital pathology centers, each defined and structured around common underlying themes that span the entire digital pathology space, including user interface design, analytics, education and the economics of digital pathology. Specific skills and resources will be assembled to promote effective execution of projects in these different areas and will include collaboration of Partners personnel and Philips engineers and scientists. "Bringing together two large academic institutions that share the goal of investing in pathology's future, marks a turning point in digital pathology in the U.S.," said Jeff Golden, MD, Chair of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital. "There is tremendous opportunity not only to improve lab efficiency through increased access to information and images that eliminates the chance of materials being lost, broken, or misfiled, but also to dramatically … [Read more...] about Philips Collaborates with Two Leading Academic Medical Centers in the U.S. to Advance Digital Pathology Adoption
PATHOLOGICAL demand avoidance is a continued resistance to ordinary life demands. But what characteristics can you look out for and is it different from the autism spectrum? What is pathological demand avoidance? The main characteristic of pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is when a person has a high level of anxiety when demands are placed upon them. The nature of the avoidance, along with extreme social behaviour, lead to it being described as “pathological”. People with PDA can appear stressed by seemingly simple every day tasks, and may go to great lengths to avoid them. Those with a PDA profile: may overreact to seemingly trivial events fail to understand unwritten social boundaries between adults and children may use resistance as a way of managing acute anxiety may be unsubtle and lack depth may identify effective “strategies” to manipulate a particular person Is pathological demand avoidance on the autism spectrum? PDA is increasingly, but not … [Read more...] about What is PDA, is pathological demand avoidance on the autism spectrum and what does it mean in medical terms?