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Professor Lynn Singer discusses challenges with identifying what causes autism

Researchers say air pollution may increase risk of autism

Healthline: Two recent studies found air pollution is associated with increased rates of autism, though it was not proven to be a cause. Lynn Singer, a professor of population and quantitative health sciences, pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology and chair of the university’s International Center for Autism Research and Education steering committee, discussed the studies and the challenges with identifying what causes autism.