Broader Diagnostic Criteria Explain Rise in the Number of Autism Cases

November 4, 2014 4:20 PM

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Broader Diagnostic Criteria Explain Rise in the Number of Autism Cases

The number of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) diagnosed throughout the world has increased. Due to the rise in cases, researchers from Denmark set out to uncover what factors might be responsible. The team concluded that the spike is due mostly to how doctors are reporting and diagnosing the illness.

"As our study shows, much of the increase can be attributed to the redefinition of what autism is and which diagnoses are reported," lead researcher Stefan Hansen, from the section for biostatistics in the department of public health at Aarhus University said reported by CBS News. "The increase in t...

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