US Pharm. 2015;40(12):6.
Atlanta, GA—According to a new CDC estimate, about 1 in 45 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. The National Health Interview Survey, based on interviews of parents about their children, is the first report on the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014. This is a significant increase from the previous estimate of 1 in 68 children, which was based on information gathered from children’s medical records during 2010. These reports did not examine why the prevalence seems to be rising, but one reason could be increased awareness of autism among both parents and healthcare providers.
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