Siblings Autism Risk Much Higher Than Thought

August 14, 2011

CBS’ “Early Show” aired an Aug. 15 segment and KNBC-Channel 4 broadcast a report Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 on new research suggesting that a baby born into a family with an older autistic sibling has a 19 times higher chance of also developing autism.  Ted Hutman, an assistant professor of psychiatry and principal investigator for the site at the Center for Autism Research and Treatment within UCLA’s Semel Institute, was interviewed about the findings and their significance for parents.   A CBS NewsPath story on the study also aired on more than 130 CBS affiliate stations nationwide.