Studies examine high rates of autism in Los Angeles area

02/2/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Two separate autism studies conducted in California suggest that environmental and social factors may be playing a role in the rising number of diagnoses in the Los Angeles area. However, the studies differ on the role that education levels may play. One group of researchers suggests a link between higher education and more diagnoses in the Los Angeles area, while the other study attributes the higher number of diagnoses to social influences such as increased sharing of information.

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