More children are born with developmental disabilities, study finds

05/24/2011 | USA Today · WebMD

The percentage of children with developmental disabilities rose from 12.8% in the 1997 to 1999 period to more than 15% in the 2006 to 2008 period -- an increase largely due to autism and ADHD diagnoses, a CDC study published in Pediatrics found. Lead researcher Dr. Sheree Boulet said the rise may be partly explained by an increasing number of preterm births and more mothers conceiving at an older age.

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