New rise in autism detection

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New rise in autism detection

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YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - A new report suggests the number of children with autism in the U.S. is underestimated.

A new survery from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows one in 50 school age children has autism, a figure that is much higher than a recent goverment estimate of one in 88 children.

The new numbers are based on data from a national phone survey of more than 95,000 parents. 

Experts say the new estimate doesn't necessarily mean autism is rising but suggests doctors are diagnosing the disorder more often, especially in older children with milder cases.

 

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