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Dec 18, 2009 2:42 PM by Carina Corral

Autism cases on the rise in America's children

The number of the nation's children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is on the rise.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 110 children has the communication and social skills disorder, which is up 57 percent since experts last collected data 4 years ago.

Researchers from the CDC and other sites looked at data on 8-year-olds because most cases are diagnosed by then. There is a striking difference in rates between boys and girls. Experts estimate 1 in 315 girls has some form of autism. For boys, that number jumps to 1 in 70.

CDC researchers have not been able to pinpoint a reason for the increase.
They said it could be because of better detection or that cases could truly be rising.


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