CDC: More U.S. Kids on the Autism Spectrum

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control estimates more American kids have some form of autism.

The study, based off data from 2010, estimates as many as one in 68 kids has an autism spectrum disorder. Two years ago CDC research estimated it was one in 88 kids. That's an increase of 30 percent.

While the study doesn't give a reason for the increase, a local physician at Mercy Medical Center has an idea. Dr. Suzanne Bartlett is the former president of the Autism Society of Iowa. She thinks the stats are up for two reasons.

"We do know that there is improvement in the way that it is being diagnosed, but there is definitely an increase in the incidents. I don't think too many people really dispute that," said Dr. Bartlett.

Some other interesting info from the recent CDC study, U.S. kids with autism are mostly male. The report estimates 1 in 42 boys have autism. That's about four point five times as many as girls.
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