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Autism numbers are growing


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new numbers which indicated that as many as one in 88 children have some kind of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

ASDs are developmental disorders that affect social interaction and communication and include restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behavior patterns. The research reviewed 2008 data from 14 different communities. They found that ASD was five times more common in boys. Girls were found in four oper 1000 instances or one in 252. They also found alarming increases in black and Hispanic communities since past surveys had been taken.

“This information paints a picture of the magnitude of the condition across our country and helps us understand how communities identify children with autism... That is why HHS and our entire administration has been working hard to improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families by improving research, support, and services,” explained Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

“One thing the data tells us with certainty – there are many children and families who need help... We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH.

That last information on the prevalence of autism was released in 2009 and the new figures reveal a 25% increase. Some of this increase may be due to better diagnosing and a greater awareness of the condition. Still, the numbers are alarming.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, CDC

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