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Autism Rate Up 78% In The Last Decade, 1 in 88!!

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/health/autism/index.html

CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade

By Miriam Falco, CNN
updated 1:16 PM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
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CDC: Number of autistic kids increasing
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One in 88 U.S. kids thought to be autistic, CDC says; for boys it's 1 in 54
  • Why? Better, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and "50% of 'We don't know," expert says.
  • Advocate: There is an epidemic of autism in the United States.
  • Autistic teen Frankie Sanders shows benefits of early detection

(CNN) -- The number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data estimate that 1 in 88 American children has some form of autism spectrum disorder. That's a 78% increase compared to a decade ago, according to the report.

Since 2000, the CDC has based its autism estimates on surveillance reports from its Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Every two years, researchers count how many 8-year-olds have autism in about a dozen communities across the nation. (The number of sites ranges from six to 14 over the years, depending on the available funding in a given year.)

In 2000 and 2002, the autism estimate was about 1 in 150 children. Two years later 1 in 125 8-year-olds had autism. In 2006, the number was 1 in 110, and the newest data -- from 2008 -- suggests 1 in 88 children have autism.

Read the CDC report (PDF)

U.S. kids and autism
Overall: 1 in 88 U.S. kids have autism; up 78% from 2002 

Total: Estimated 1,000,000 children with autism 

Boys: 1 in 54; up 82% from 2002 

Girls: 1 in 252; up 63% from 2002 

Non-Hispanic white children: 1 in 83; up 70% from 2002 

Non-Hispanic black children: 1 in 98; up 91% from 2002 

Hispanic children: 1 in 127; up 110% from 2002 

Symptoms typically apparent before age 3 



Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Boys with autism continue to outnumber girls 5-to-1, according to the CDC report. It estimates that 1 in 54 boys in the United States have autism.

Mark Roithmayr, president of the advocacy group Autism Speaks, says more children are being diagnosed with autism because of "better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and roughly 50% of 'We don't know.'"

He said the numbers show there is an epidemic of autism in the United States.

Early recognition of signs of autism -- a neurodevelopment disorder that leads to impaired language, communication and social skills -- is vital because it can lead to early intervention, says Dr. Gary Goldstein, an autism specialist and president of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

"There have been studies -- double-blinded studies -- to show that behavioral early intervention changes the outcome for children," Goldstein says.

Roy Sanders and Charlie Bailey sensed something was wrong with their son Frankie Sanders when he was 9 months old.

"Our pediatrician at the time who was a friend of ours tried to tell us that we were being too cautious, we were being too anxious," Sanders says.

Frankie's pediatrician thought his parents were seeing developmental delays that weren't really there. But Frankie wasn't talking, Sanders says. "He didn't have speech; he didn't have any communication skills at all. He didn't point. He would flap quite a bit. He would stare at fans; he would stare at lights; he would become frantic if he didn't have a Thomas the [Tank] Engine because he was obsessed with Thomas the [Tank] Engine."

Frankie Sanders at age 15 months relaxes with his father Charlie Bailey.
Frankie Sanders at age 15 months relaxes with his father Charlie Bailey.

His parents kept pushing, and Frankie, now a ninth-grade nose guard and defensive guard for the Decatur Bulldogs football team in Decatur, Georgia, was diagnosed with autism when he was 15 months old.

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Possible signs
A child or adult with an autistic spectrum disorder might: 

--Repeat actions over and over 
--Not look at objects when another person points to them
--Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
--Prefer not to be held or cuddled or might cuddle only when they want to
--Appear to be unaware when other people talk to them but respond to other sounds 


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Early detection is associated with better outcomes," says CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "The earlier kids are detected, the earlier they could get services, and the less impairment they'll have on their learning and in their lives on a long-term basis is our best understanding."

The CDC is working with the Academy of American Pediatrics to recommend that children get screened for autism at ages 18 months and 24 months, Frieden says.

CDC: What you should know about autism

However, according to the CDC report, most children were diagnosed between ages 4 and 5, when a child's brain is already more developed and harder to change.

"Doctors are getting better at diagnosing autism; communities are getting much better at [providing] services to children with autism, and CDC scientists are getting much better at tracking which kids in the communities we're studying have autism," Frieden says.

"How much of that increase is a result of better tracking and how much of it is a result of an actual increase, we still don't know. We know more about autism today than we have ever known," he says, "but there is still so much we don't know and wish that we knew."


by on Mar. 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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justgracie
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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Can people please quit saying this.  Amish farmers absolutely do use pesticides.

http://amishamerica.com/do-amish-use-pesticides/

I am also sick to death of people blaming "chemicals".  It reeks of ant-science ignorance.  The world is made of chemicals.  Water is made of chemicals.  Vinegar is made of chemicals.  Your body is made of chemicals.   

Quoting fairtinuviel:

The Omish also don't expose themselves to the chemicals that the rest of our society does.  Vaccines clearly should be investigated, but they are far from the only "poisons" we put into our bodies.  Everything around us, what we put in and on our bodies, what we dump into our environment, there are so many toxins that we have trouble pin pointing which ones cause the problems.  We don't even know about all the carcinogens we are still using.  No matter the source, something needs to be done, it can't all just be that the diagnoses have changed.


Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
That study started so much irresponsibility and was often used to support CAUSALITY. No study as of yet indicates causality.......
FREAKO18
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Whats the big deal if an unvaxxed child is sick and comes around your vaxxed kid? Isn't that why you had your kid shot up in the first place dumb ass?

Quoting Psydijana:

Quoting chikitamom:

if you do your research and not rely on the cdc to tell you vaccines are safe you willl see vacccines do cause autism it s a no brainer more vaccines more autism!!





Since when? And based on what? Yes there can be side effects, we are provided with the warnings and pamphlets. Has it also occured to anyone that vaccines coincide with various developmental periods and milestone phases where if there is a deficit it becomes apparent? How about all those kids and present adults who have been vaccinated and are fine or better than fine? If vaccines were the cause that would not be the case. And please do me the favor and keep your unvaccinated children away from the playground and other child so that they don't become ill. You made your choice and infringe upon parents who don't want to put their kids at risk because of your choice.


chikitamom
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

if your kid is vaccinated against the very dealdy chicken pox that we all had as kids and survived how is that going to affect your children at the playground?? i hope your kids are a little nicer then you are!! how many vaccines did you have at by the time you were 18 months old look back at your vacccine records and get back to me humm about 2 !! now the kids get 36 BEFORE the age of 18 months!! well the rate we are going maybe your kids dont have autism so you can speak out so freely but maybe your grandkids will and then you will see what it is like to have your child on video sayig mommy daddy ect and then loose them forever RIGHT AFTER a vaccine!!!

Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Quoting FREAKO18:



First of all, keep your insults and name calling to yourself. However, this is an indication of your obviously high IQ. "vaxxed"? Interesting..... Children get vaccinated at different points so keep your "unvaxxed" away from mine. I don't want them exposed while they are vulnerable. So why does everyone have to respect that choice and not mine? The stupid need not reply (meaning those who have to resort to name calling and insults)
Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Quoting FREAKO18:



OMG you really like yelling at people and cursing. Provide this research. Back it up instead of just insulting people.
Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Quoting FREAKO18:



OMG you really like yelling at people and cursing. Provide this research. Back it up instead of just insulting people. How are they healthier? How many? Provide the study. Prove it.
Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Quoting chikitamom:

if your kid is vaccinated against the very dealdy chicken pox that we all had as kids and survived how is that going to affect your children at the playground?? i hope your kids are a little nicer then you are!! how many vaccines did you have at by the time you were 18 months old look back at your vacccine records and get back to me humm about 2 !! now the kids get 36 BEFORE the age of 18 months!! well the rate we are going maybe your kids dont have autism so you can speak out so freely but maybe your grandkids will and then you will see what it is like to have your child on video sayig mommy daddy ect and then loose them forever RIGHT AFTER a vaccine!!!


mrsbrimer
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM

then why all of a sudden is the autism rate going up??? doesnt make sense

Quoting FREAKO18:

Not all smokers get cancer do they? I'm not saying i agree entirely about vaccines and autism but come on, open your mind a bit.


Quoting mrsbrimer:

if vaccines caused Autism.. then 90% of people my age would have it.. and they dont.. soooooooo oooooo oo yeah


Psydijana
by on Mar. 30, 2012 at 11:33 PM
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that's simply not true. I didn't have only two and they did not have 36. Seriously, don't exaggerate. And autism doesn't suddenly occur. Autism occurs on a spectrum with various symptoms and deficits. For example, deficits are noticed because we have developmental periods where abilities emerge. You are not going to notice that your child isn't speaking if they're not in the phase where they're expected to. Vaccines coincide with various developmental periods. It's just something to consider. The point is there is not found cause of autism as of yet. Genetics, environment, or some combination of both? HOWEVER why is it ok to demand respect for the decision not to vaccinate but everyone jumps down my throat for sticking up for my decision?
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