April is Autism Awareness Month, and according to a 2023 CDC report, 1 in 36 U.S. children under the age of 8 have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This rate is four times higher than when the CDC began collecting nationwide data on the disorder in 2000, and statistics show that over 6 million Americans live with the condition. Exponential growth in diagnoses has led to a more robust body of research into potential links between ASD and a variety of possible contributing factors, including dyes, gluten, and food additives. Alongside this research has come increased speculation on medicinal and nutritional interventions among parents looking for answers. Rutgers University in Camden neuroscientist Brian Corbett sees a pressing need to separate scientific evidence from baseless claims. To read the full story.