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Autism: The Controversy & The Facts

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What are the causes of autism? What is the latest research into the genetics of autism finding out? What about environmental factors?
Air Date: April 03, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Susan Hyman, MD
Hyman Susan MD 120webSusan L. Hyman, MD, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics as well as Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.

In addition to seeing children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in the clinical setting, Dr. Hyman is the co-Principal Investigator of the Rochester site of the Autism Speaks- Autism Treatment Network. Her research has focused on medical problems of children wth ASD related to feeding behavior, nutrition, and sleep as well as interventions used for symptoms of autism. She is the chair of the Autism Subcommittee of the Council on Children with Disabilities of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Autism: The Controversy & The Facts
What are the causes of autism?

What is the latest research into the genetics of autism finding out?

What about environmental factors?

Are there things in the environment that may be causing autism?

How will we find out for sure?

These questions and so many more are plaguing the nation and causing anti-vaccine scares and arguments among parents. We sort out the true facts from the fiction about autism, its causes and treatment.

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