US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

Autism is estimated to affect roughly 1.2 million

Autism is estimated to affect roughly 1.2 million U.S. children and teens.

(AP) -- The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.

But health officials say the new number may not mean autism is more common. Much of the increase is believed to be from a cultural and medical shift, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

"We can't dismiss...

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