Autism spike may reflect better diagnoses, and that's a good thing

By Laura Sanders, 13:13 PM March 28, 2014

Ever-increasing numbers of autism diagnoses have parents worried about a skyrocketing epidemic, and this week’s news may only drive alarm higher. Perhaps it shouldn’t.

In 2010, 1 in 68 (or 14.7 per 1,000) 8-year-olds had an autism spectrum disorder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimates. That number is a substantial increase from 2008, which had an estimate of 1 in 88 (or 11.3 per 1,000).

But the numbers might not reflect a spike in actual cases. Instead, the rise might b...

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