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New Findings by CDC Points to Higher Incidence of Autism

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New findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point to a higher incidence of autism. ABC News reports the figures are likely to raise as many questions as they answer.
The CDC says that one in 68 children has been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, up from the previous finding of one in 88. But psychologist Dr. Amanda Smith, who works with autistic children, thinks the numbers might not reflect a rise in actual autism rates, saying she thinks it's better understanding about what it is, better assessment measures, just better overall understanding within the community and so people are seeking out help. That, she says, may be a positive outcome from the CDC findings, especially for boys, who are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism.


 


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