A new study found proof that autism starts in the womb; the better we understand autism, the closer we’re getting to finding a cure or treatment. And a cure or treatment is exactly what the world needs, because a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that autism rates have soared 30% in the past two years.
Autism Rates Have Soared 30% in the Past 2 Years
The study revealed that the number of children in the US who suffer from autism spectrum disorder has soared 30% in the past two years, which is very worrisome. The surveillance report showed that autism rates have soared – 1 in 68 children now has ASD (autism spectrum disorder), compared with 1 in 88 children in the year 2012.
For these finding, researchers have analyzed data from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network – a system that collects data from community sources. The CDC states that the way they’ve been collected the data does not differ from previous reports, so we are certain that the findings reflect reality.
The report also revealed that the autism spectrum disorder is five times more common among boys than girls and it is also much more common among white children than black or Hispanic ones.
The majority of the children with autism are diagnosed with the ASD after the age of 4, but some are diagnosed as early as 2. The report also revealed that the level of intellectual ability of the children who suffer from ASD has increased over the past decade – they have an average or above average IQ.
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