1 in 88 Kids Have Autism

CDC estimate is double what it was a decade ago
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2012 9:30 AM CDT
In this Dec. 21, 2011, photo, Joe Hill and his wife Sandy relax with their sons Gunnar, 3, left, and Deacon, 4, who both have autism.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Preston Gannaway)

(Newser) – The CDC released new autism estimates today, and the numbers are pretty scary: About 1 in 88 kids have autism, according to the report. That's up 25% from the CDC's 2006 analysis, and twice the reach officials said it had a decade ago, reports Reuters. The AP adds that officials say the increase is due mainly to broader screening and improved diagnosis.

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