Autism rates rise again

U.S. prevalence estimate hits new high

By Bruce Bower, 18:22 PM April 3, 2012

New federal data indicate that 1 in 88 U.S. children had autism or other autism spectrum disorders in 2008, up from 1 in 110 kids in 2006 and 1 in 150 in 2002.

Although that’s a worrisome trend, reasons for autism’s rising prevalence — measured in nonrepresentative national samples of 8-year-olds — remain unclear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta released the latest autism figures on March 30.

CDC researchers used health records, educational records or both to iden...

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