US autism estimate grows to 1 in 68 children - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

US autism estimate grows to 1 in 68 children

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) - The government is increasing its estimate of how many children have autism to 1 in 68.
    
That's a 30 percent jump from the last estimate of 1 in 88 children with autism or a related disorder.
    
But health officials say the new number may not mean autism is occurring more often. Much of the increase is believed to be from a cultural and medical shift, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.
    
There are no medical tests for autism, so diagnosis is not an exact science. It's identified by a child's behavior.
    
This latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means autism affects roughly 1.2 million U.S. children and teens.
    
Thursday's report is considered the most comprehensive on the frequency of autism.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.