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U.S. autism diagnosis on the rise

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times: A government study found that 2% of U.S. schoolchildren are being diagnosed with autism, compared to 1.2% in a similar 2007 study.

Though the increase is likely to fuel speculation that an expanding environmental threat is behind the rise in autism cases, the authors said their report did not support that view.

Rather, better detection appears to be driving the surge, according to the researchers, from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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