CDC estimates 1 in 88 U.S. children has autism

New estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that roughly 1 in 88 American children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, representing an increase of more than 20% over previous estimates. It is unclear why the number of diagnoses are on the rise, though some say the higher numbers are attributable in part to changes in strategies for screening, diagnosing and serving children with the disorder. "One thing the data tells us with certainty: There are many children and families who need help," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.

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