Wednesday, Oct 26th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Health Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

E-mail Print PDF

autismA government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.

For decades, autism meant kids with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. But the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

The new estimate released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least 1 million children have autism.

The number is important — government officials look at how common each illness or disorder is when weighing how to spend limited public health funds.

It's also controversial.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Youth football players show brain changes after just one season

Football brain injuriesWhen it comes to head impact in youth football, it is not just concussion that affects...

St. Jude warns of heart-device battery issue linked to two deaths

St. Jude'sSt. Jude Medical Inc warned on Tuesday that some of its implanted heart devices were at...

Americans overwhelmingly support abortion rights

Americans support abortion rightsPolitical candidates, consultants and the media generally misunderstand the politics of abortion rights. They tend to...

France to open first safe-injection room for drug addicts

safe heroin injection room opened in FranceFrance will open its first safe-injection room for drug addicts despite years of efforts by conservatives...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!