Show: April 21, 2013:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20
- Should health insurance exchanges be regulated by the federal government?
- Zapping addiction
- Doc chat: Are boys more susceptible to autism?
- Consumer Reports and health care
- How does gastric bypass surgery work?
- Should the sun be our primary source of vitamin D?
- Can food replace medicine?
- Could your pets be at risk for dementia?
- View all topics for the week
Doc chat: Are boys more susceptible to autism?
Interview: Theresa Rohr Kirchgraber, M.D., healthy living expert for "Sound Medicine."
According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys are five times more likely than girls to develop autism spectrum disorder, which is characterized by impaired communication and social skills in young children. The study suggests that males may be more threatened by testosterone in the womb than females. “Sound Medicine” healthy living expert Theresa Rohr Kirchgraber, M.D., says that although we don’t know what causes autism, the results of this study are promising. If researchers can figure out why females are more resistant to autism, the findings could potentially lead to treatments and even a cure.