University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ: News/Events

Recent figures published by the CDC seem to indicate a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorders in New Jersey, as opposed to other areas of the country. But that might not be the case.

However, Walter Zahorodny, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, who led the New Jersey component of the research, says he believes the numbers in New Jersey are higher than elsewhere because schools and health providers in the state are better equipped to detect cases of autism than elsewhere in the country – and that the numbers show no evidence that New Jersey children are at higher risk for autism.

via University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ: News/Events.

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Marc Roithmayr: Autism is an Epidemic

More on the scary new autism prevalence numbers released by the CDC today – this from Marc Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks:

Merriam-Webster defines the word epidemic as “Excessively prevalent. Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.”

With the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers now showing that 1 in 88 children in the United States are being diagnosed with autism – nearly a doubling of the prevalence since the CDC began tracking these numbers – autism can now officially be declared an epidemic in the United States.

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

Latest autism prevalence numbers numbers from the CDC are terrifying…

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.

via CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade – CNN.com.