Navigation Links
Autism May Be More Common Than Thought
Date:10/5/2009

U.S. government study estimates that 1 of every 91 children is affected,,,,,,,,

MONDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- While research has suggested that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in American children was about 1 of every 150 children, a new government study estimates that the prevalence is more likely about 1 in every 91 children.

The study, which is published in the October issue of Pediatrics, estimated that 110 of every 10,000 U.S. youngsters will be diagnosed at some point in their lives with an autism spectrum disorder. That currently translates to about 673,000 American children with some form of autism, according to the study.

"I think this is a very important study that says the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders may be even higher than we suspected previously," said Geraldine Dawson, chief scientific officer of Autism Speaks.

"Autism is a major public health challenge, and this study is another call to action that we need to be able to provide care across the lifespan," she said.

Autism spectrum disorders are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. Severity varies from child to child.

Characteristic behavior includes impaired social interaction, difficulty with communication and repetitive behaviors. Over a lifetime, health-care costs for someone with autism are estimated to be more than $1.6 million, according to the study.

The researchers culled data for the study from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, which included more than 78,000 children from across the country, all between 3 and 17 years old.

Parents of 1,412 children reported that a doctor had given their child a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Only 913 parents, however, said their child currently had an autism spectrum disorder.

Of that group, 494 parents classified their child's autism as mild, and 320 parents described it as moderate. Just 90 parents said their child's autism was severe.

Cynthia Johnson, director of the Autism Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, attributed the increase to better diagnostic criteria and an increasing awareness of autism.

"This is more data that adds to what's already in existence that shows autism spectrum disorders are common," Johnson said.

As to the large percentage of children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the past, but whose parents said they currently were not autistic, Johnson said the reasons behind that finding were not clear.

She theorized, though, that "symptoms may lessen with early intensive services, especially for milder cases."

The authors also suggested that autism might have been considered during the initial diagnosis of a child but later dropped if the child turned out to have another disorder.

"We do know that individuals with autism can have a diagnosis early on and then lose that diagnosis, and we don't know the factors that could explain this," Dawson said. "Is it having received good, early behavioral intervention? Or, is there a group of kids that have better biological outcomes? Or, it may have something to do with how kids get diagnosed at different ages. Maybe as kids develop, they may not be getting the same kind of evaluations."

The study also found that the odds of receiving an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis were four times higher for boys than girls, and that non-Hispanic black and multiracial children were less likely to have an autism spectrum disorder than white children.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on autism.



SOURCES: Cynthia Johnson, Ph.D., director, Autism Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer, Autism Speaks; October 2009, Pediatrics


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Government Research Finds One in Every 100 Children Has Autism, of Whom Nearly 40% Are Recovered
2. Construction Begins on $50 Million Campus for Autism and Developmental Disability Life Quality
3. National Autism Association Maintains Support of Travoltas Despite Whoopi Goldbergs Mistaken Comments on ABCs The View
4. UT Houston, Jamaica researchers launch autism study
5. AutismOne & Autism Canada Present "CHANGING THE COURSE OF AUTISM IN CANADA 2009" University of Toronto
6. National Autism Center Releases Groundbreaking Report on Autism Treatments
7. Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Autism Center
8. Autism Support Network Launches Enhanced Features, Adds Thousands of New Members Globally
9. With All Eyes On Swine Flu, Thousands of Parents Ask President Obama How Much Longer Until Autism Gets Similar Attention
10. Special Autism Issue Published by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development
11. Kartzinel, Herbert, Blaylock, Mukhopadhyay and Other Autism Experts Join Keynote Speaker Andrew Wakefield at The 2009 National Autism Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/14/2016)... Laurel, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 14, 2016 ... ... 14-20, 2016, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) is promoting healthier ... caregivers. This year’s campaign, Spices of Life! Healthy Living with Heart Failure will ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... Many individuals looking to lead a healthy lifestyle ... reasons. IsoPasta by Isolator Fitness has delved into this niche allowing those giving ... high-carb repercussions. IsoPasta has 30 grams of protein and only 7 grams of ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... When an ... kids, Host Parents aren’t always sure what they are in for and they are often ... Pairs are more than they were hoping for. This year’s Au Pair of the Year ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & ... purpose of these scholarships is to encourage applicants to pursue a degree in their ... these two parishes. , “We have available jobs in St. Landry and Evangeline ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Each year, ... will be held in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center. Almost 10,000 physical ... see new therapy products in action, learn more about their chosen field and network ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  NOIT™ Research LLC, a private, ... of Change" campaign to assist needy families in obtaining ... unit sold between February 10, 2016 and March 31, ... needy family. The NOIT is an auditory stimulus that ... develop language skills. Beth Shier , ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016 AAIPharma Services Corp./Cambridge Major ... manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and ... and capacity in its Charleston, SC ... driven several recent investments. Charleston ... filling line with small-scale lyophilization. The site has ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... PORTLAND, Ore. , Feb. 11, 2016 ... to announce the acquisition of SolutionsRx, a full-service 340B ... hospitals. Along with providing traditional contract pharmacy services, SolutionsRx ... assist clients in navigating the complex 340B regulatory environment. ... Wellpartner. --> James R. Love , CEO ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: