This week, two important studies came out on different topics in autism research. In the first study, an exposure which has been around for decades, PCB’s, a toxic industrial chemical which has been banned from manufacture or use for the past few decades, was linked to autism. This dispels the myth that only exposures that have been introduced since the observance in the rise in diagnoses are relevant for study. First author Kristen Lyall gives her perspective. Here is a website on how to avoid PCBs even though they have been banned.
Second, screening for autism in pediatricians offices has always been challenging. Patients get 10 minutes at most with their doctor, these doctors have to fit in an hours worth of assessments in this time. So how can you get them to conduct a screening for autism and add in extra questions? Kennedy Krieger Institute published on a way that seems to work without sacrificing quality. Hear more about both on this week’s podcast.