BOSTON (CBS) – Right on the heels of a recent study suggesting that the brain abnormalities associated with autism may begin prenatally, the government has just issued a new report saying that the number of children with autism continues to rise, now reaching about 1.2 million children and teens in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control has just released its newest numbers on autism. It is now estimated that 1 in 68 children may have some form of the disorder, a 30 percent increase from just two years earlier.
The CDC looked at data on more than 5,000 eight-year olds in eleven states, not including New England. They found that while autism affects about in 1 in 189 girls, it is almost five times more common in boys, closer to 1 in 42.
The report did not address why more children are being diagnosed, but experts believe these new…
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