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
1 in 88 Kids Have Autism
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)

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. (More autism stories.)

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