study finds autism more prevalent than previously thought

CNN

 

An article on CNN.com this morning dicusses details of a study conducted by the CDC that found the rate of autism for children ages 3-17 to be just over 1%.  The telephone study of 78,000 surveyed parents to find out if they had ever been told by a health care provider that their child had autism, asperger’s syndroms, or pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified.  However, 40% of parents answered “No” to the follow-up question: is your child considered to have autism now.

These findings would raise the statistic from 1 in 150 to approximately 1 in 100 diagnosed with autism, and put the current number of children with autism in the U.S. at 673,000.  However, it is not determined whether the number of cases have acutally increased or if health care providers are simply more aware and able to diagnose autism.

Visit http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/05/autism.study/index.html for the entire article on CNN.com.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: