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1 in 45: New autism statistic suggests children with condition may have been undercounted

1 in 45: New autism statistic suggests children with condition may have been undercounted

As many as 1 in 45 American children may have autism spectrum disorder, according to a new government study that suggests the prevalence of the condition may have been undercounted for years.

Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey reveal that as many as 2.24% of U.S. children have received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, at some point in their lives, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That figure is markedly higher than the numbers published in other reports. For instance, surveys of children in 11 communities...

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