Researchers studying autism are beginning to understand that the condition affects male and female brains differently. This hour, we’ll talk about how that discovery is now helping girls to be properly diagnosed and treated with science journalist Maia Szalavitz. Her story “Autism – It’s Different in Girls” appears in the current issue of Scientific American magazine.
In this photo taken Thursday, July 29, 2010, Gina, a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the U.S. military, joins Staff Sgt. Chris Kench on a sofa at the kennel at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq but months of door-to-door searches and noisy explosions left her cowering and fearful. After she came home to Peterson Air Force Base in June 2009, a military veterinarian diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ed Andrieski/AP Photo