Insights from New Research into Autism

Insights from New Research into Autism

The diagnosis of autism in the U.S. has almost doubled in the past decade. Join guest host Susan Page to discuss new research on factors that might contribute to this complex condition.

A new report from the Center for Disease Control shows the incidence of autism in American children has dramatically increased over the last decade. A debate is raging over why. Some experts say better detection is the reason. Others say it reflects the broadening definition of autism. At the same time, medical breakthroughs have given doctors and researchers hope that they may soon be better able to identify what causes autism -- and how to treat it. What new research means for our understanding of autism.

Guests

Dr. Thomas Insel

director of the National Institute of Mental Health/NIH

Amy Harmon

national correspondent with the New York Times, she has written extensively on autism

Jennifer Walsh

parent of a child with autism

Lauren Kenworthy

director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders,Children's National Medical Center

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