• January 9, 2013  

    Researchers at University of Notre Dame and University of Southern California have found that robots can be less intimidating than humans to some patients. Ray Suarez reports on how researchers are using machines as nontraditional therapists to treat conditions such as autism in children and strokes for seniors. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, Internet giant Yahoo announced that it will lay off 2,000 employees as part of a plan to redeploy resources and boost revenues. Also, a barrage of tornadoes Tuesday damaged or destroyed 650 homes in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. No deaths and only a few serious injuries were reported. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012    

    Autism rates in the United States have risen dramatically in recent years, jumping 23 percent between 2006 and 2008 and a full 78 percent between 2002 and 2008, according to new figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    The rate of autism diagnosis in American children continues to climb, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest research into the group of disorders with CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Dr. Susan Hyman. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2012  

    An unconventional approach to recovery and coping, music therapy is a field of medicine capturing new attention due to its role in helping Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the versatility of music in a medical setting, but the difficulty of quantifying its effectiveness. Continue reading

  • May 9, 2011    

    For the first time, researchers have studied an entire population sample and found that one in 38 children exhibited symptoms of autism. The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. “These numbers are really startling” said Geraldine … Continue reading

  • April 26, 2011  

    In response to Robert MacNeil’s six-part Autism Now series, the NewsHour received scores of questions, compliments and concerns via our website, social media and voicemail. Hari Sreenivasan discusses some viewers’ comments and questions with MacNeil. Continue reading

  • April 25, 2011  

    Governments, educators, families and public health officials face mounting challenges in dealing with autism as the prevalence in the U.S. continues to grow. In the concluding segment in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil explores these issues and possible solutions in a roundtable with four autism researchers and advocates. Continue reading

  • April 22, 2011  

    Although federal law mandates educational services for children with autism, there are virtually no support services provided once they become adults. In the fifth report in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil profiles a young man in New Jersey — and his family — as they face an uncertain future for him. Continue reading

  • April 22, 2011    

    As part of the NewsHour’s Autism Now series, here’s a look at the basics on autism: what it is, how it is treated and key resources. Those looking for more information can also call the Autism Response Team at Autism Speaks at 888-AUTISM 2. Continue reading

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