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Study Estimates Autism Occurrence Is Now 1 In 40 US Kids

Study Estimates Autism Occurrence Is Now 1 In 40 US Kids
Alice Dotson
Written by Alice Dotson

An examination of parents in the U.S. assess that 1 in 40 children are having ASD (autism spectrum disorder), according to a research revealed recently in the journal Pediatrics. In other words, the disorder was reported in 2.5% of kids, indicating an estimated 1.5 Million children aged from 3 to 17 Years.

A report released in this year by the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimated that the occurrence at 1 in 59 children or almost 1.7% is depending on the 2014 data. Thomas Frazier—Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks (the advocacy organization)—stated that occurrence is not rising that rapidly, although the CDC’s information indicates it is still budding. Frazier further stated: “These researches use techniques that are quite open and inclusive than the CDC’s techniques.” The latest study is based on the NSCH’s (National Survey of Children’s Health) 2016 data, which was carried by the U.S. Census Bureau and which gathered information from parents of over 50,000 children up to aged 17 Years. To be incorporated in the estimate, parents had to report that their kid ever had a diagnosis of ASD and that they presently had the condition.

On a similar note, recently, the CDC was also in news for stating that ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) occurrence in the U.S. was 5.2 per 100,000 in 2015. According to the study of the U.S. CDC published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, along with the prevalence numbers 16,583 cases were identified. The scientists projected the prevalence of ALS cases and the findings were related to the prevalence identified in 2014 that was 5.0 per 100,000 and identified cases were 15,927 cases. The occurrence rates by individual traits (most frequent in white men and persons aged greater than or equal to 60 Years) and the U.S. Census regions were reliable with demographics of ALS.

About the author

Alice Dotson

Alice Dotson

Managing the Health department is Alice, who has a Master’s Degree in Microbiology. She is very scientific in her work and hence is the reason as to why she looks after the Health Department. The 5+ years of experience adds one more feather to Alice’s cap. When she is not her computer working for Global News Journal, you’ll probably find her exploring a new beach or city at any corner of the world!

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