TODAY   |  March 20, 2013

Study: One in 50 schoolchildren in U.S. have autism

A new government study that has come out this morning says one in 50 schoolchildren in the U.S. have autism. Previous estimates put the number at one in 88. The Center for Disease Control says the new number comes from an increase in diagnoses, not an increase in the amount of occurrences.

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>>> a new government estimate out this morning says 1 in 50 schoolchildren in the u.s. has autism, a previous estimate put the number at 1 in 88. the cdc says its new numbers do not necessarily mean autism is occurring more often but it may indicate it is being diagnosed more frequently than before. the estimate suggests at least 1 million american children have autism.