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Autism Rates

CDC: One in Every 50 Children Has Autism

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jay Gordon, MD

Today the CDC announced a 72 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism over the past four years. One of every 50 children aged 6 years to 17 years has an autism spectrum diagnosis.

Catherine Pearson

Study Shows Big Leap In Autism Prevalence | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.20.2013 | Parents

The prevalence of parent-reported cases of autism is significantly higher now than it was just five years ago, according to new Centers for Disease Co...

My Son Had Autism -- Then He Didn't

Shawn Bean | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Shawn Bean

For our family, the autism spectrum was like the Alaskan winter. There was no light. The darkness went on and on and on. Then one day, a yolk-hued color broke across the horizon. And it stayed. But we haven't forgotten what the darkness was like.

The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism: Two Autistics Spoke... Did Anyone Listen?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How is it that we can say we "care" about autism and those who are autistic, yet not fund programs that will make their lives better? How is it we can use war terminology and ignore that these words make those who are on the spectrum feel badly about their very existence?

Will DSM-5 Reduce the Rates of Autism?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 autism group has been blinded by an intellectual conflict of interest. Eager to introduce its concept of an autism spectrum, the group lost sight of a crucial and obvious fact: Its proposed criteria set is written so exclusively that it must inevitably reduce the diagnosis of autism.

New High In Autism Rates Inspires Debate

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2012 | Parents

* New estimate is 25 percent higher than in 2006 * Rate for boys is five times that of girls * Experts question whether ...

CDC: Autism, ADHD Rates On The Rise | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living

The proportion of children and teens in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability such as autism has increased 17 percent ...

Study Suggests 1 In 38 Children Have Autism Traits

AP | By CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 07.08.2011 | Home

CHICAGO -- A study in South Korea suggests about 1 in 38 children have traits of autism, higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 100. By casting...

EPA Study: Autism Boom Began in 1988, Environmental Factors Are Assumed

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

A recent US EPA study found a distinct "changepoint" year in autism and concludes that it would be "prudent to assume ... a portion of this increase results from environmental factors."

Home Alone With Autism

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Many people with autism require constant supervision and cannot be left alone for 5 minutes, much less home alone to fend for themselves.

Studies: 1 in 100 American Children Have Autism

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders – higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in...

Autism Rate Now at One Percent of All US Children?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

A pair of federally funded studies on autism rates is about to make news -- big news -- and it isn't good: It would appear that somewhere around one percent of all US children currently have an autism spectrum disorder.