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Autism Increase Called Mostly Illusory

The marked increase in U.S. autism diagnoses that began to show up around 1996, and which some have blamed on childhood vaccination, may in fact be based not on an increase in autism per se, but on an increase in other, similar intellectual disabilities that are now classified as autism by those making the diagnosis. A Penn State study of eleven years of special-ed enrollment statistics that were compiled on over 6,000,000 children per year found that the rise in autism diagnoses over that time was almost entirely balanced off by a decrease in diagnoses of other autism-like conditions. The report concluded that simple reclassification could have produced two-thirds of the rise in autism cases overall, and a striking 97 percent of those involving older children.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 2 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Lancet Retracts Autism Study

Tags: Autism, Causes of Autism, Diagnosing Autism, Rise in Autism in the US, Childhood Autism, Autism Statistics

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