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SYRIANKID
12-19-2009, 04:49 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20091219/hl_time/08599194884200

One in 110 American children are considered to fall somewhere along the autism spectrum, according to the latest report released by the federal government. The new figure, which was released initially in October, comes from the most comprehensive set of data yet on the developmental health of eight-year-olds.

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The estimate also represents a stunning 57% increase in prevalence since 2002, when health officials first began a nationwide effort to quantify the risk of autism in childhood.

For the detailed report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, researchers combed through health and education records in 11 U.S. cities. In some sites, the rate of autism was as high as 12 cases per 1,000 children, but averaged across the country the final autism case rate was calculated at 9 per 1,000 children. That's compared to a national rate of 1 per 2,000 children prior to the 1980s, and 6 per 1,000 children as recently as the 1990s.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1945379_1944376_1944404,00.html

F23
12-19-2009, 05:06 PM
I think it's largely because of reclassification of children that would have formally been diagnosed as mentally retarded.

I just finished my pediatrics rotation and I saw a fair number of "autistic kids." About 1/2 of them weren't really autistic - they were talking and interacting with me in the same capacity as other children, albeit in a slightly atypical manner.

This doesn't explain all of the increase in incidence of autism, but I think that's the biggest factor.

r0gue6
12-19-2009, 05:14 PM
If you've ever done technical phone support, you would know that the likely cause is because the parents aren't that ****ing bright to begin with.

The kids don't have a chance.

JustAnotherUser
12-19-2009, 05:51 PM
-autism is diagnosed more frequently now then ever. Autistic kids are actually labeled on the autism spectrum and not just weird or retarded.
-rise in older fathers, which is correlated with autism (however, the correlation doesn't prove anything)

reyalp
12-19-2009, 05:54 PM
-autism is diagnosed more frequently now then ever. Autistic kids are actually labeled on the autism spectrum and not just weird or retarded.
-rise in older fathers, which is correlated with autism (however, the correlation doesn't prove anything)

x2

some people just don't have the grey matter to understand this stuff.

DesertSider
12-19-2009, 05:56 PM
I've heard autism is caused by a virus. If that's the case then it is spreading.

JustAnotherUser
12-19-2009, 05:59 PM
I've heard autism is caused by a virus. If that's the case then it is spreading.

I heard the same thing about stupidity, and it seems to be spreading too!

asylumz
12-19-2009, 06:48 PM
I've heard autism is caused by a virus. If that's the case then it is spreading.

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