Autism more common than previously thought

from - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 50 children in the United States have autism.

Mike Stobbe of the Associated Press writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating that 1 in 50 children in the United States have autism. These findings, released on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, are based on phone surveys conducted with over 95,000 parents in 2011 and 2012.


Although the occurrence is higher than previously thought, health officials believe that the increase is accounted for by greater diagnosis, rather than a higher incidence of autism among kids.


For decades, autism meant kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.


The new estimate released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least 1 million children have autism.


The number is important — government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds.


Read the full story at Salon.


by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

photo credit: ZouZou via Shutterstock/Salon


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Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

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