U.S. survey shows higher rate of autism in children

November 14, 2015 4:38 AM

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U.S. survey shows higher rate of autism in children

ATLANTA - A new survey of parents suggests that as many as one out of every 45 U.S. children aged between 3 and 17 years have autism, a number that far exceeds official U.S. estimates of one in 68 children, U.S. researchers said on Friday.

The new parent survey results reflect a nearly doubling in autism rates over the last three years, but researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the data, say the shift is largely due to a change in the way the survey questions were worded.

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