Prevalence of Autism Up Around the World

Prevalence of Autism Up Around the World

A new report published in the journal Autism Research found the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown to about 100 in 10,000 children—up from 62 in 10,000 children a decade ago. The figure is based on a systematic review of 71 epidemiological studies providing 99 ASD prevalence estimates from 34 countries, primarily the […]

U.S. Autism Rate Rises to One in 44 Children

U.S. Autism Rate Rises to One in 44 Children

Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) published an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states confirming that the autism rate for eight year old children in the United States has risen to one in 44 children.1 Rates were one in 54 eight-year-old children in 2016,1 one in 150 […]

Autism Prevalence Rates in U.S. and Northern Ireland Continue to Rise

Autism Prevalence Rates in U.S. and Northern Ireland Continue to Rise

At the height of the fear and confusion associated with the declaration of a coronavirus pandemic public health emergency and strict social distancing regulations in the spring of 2020, U.S. health officials published a report that, in 2016, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was estimated to affect one in 54 eight-year old children in the U.S., […]

New CDC Data Shows 94 Percent of COVID-19 Death Cases Had Underlying Poor Health Conditions

New CDC Data Shows 94 Percent of COVID-19 Death Cases Had Underlying Poor Health Conditions

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Sept. 2 weekly update on COVID-19 mortality in the U.S., which is published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), reported 170,566 deaths “involving COVID-19” that occurred between Feb. 1, 2020 and Aug. 29, 2020.1 During the same time period there were 1,841,678 deaths from […]

The Debate Over ADHD and Doctor Prescribed Video Games

The Debate Over ADHD and Doctor Prescribed Video Games

Story Highlights There is a long-standing debate over the value versus dangers of electronic stimulation of the brain in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first prescription-based video game, or “game based digital therapeutic device” for use in children with primary attention or combination […]

Mental Health Impact from COVID-19 May Last Years

Mental Health Impact from COVID-19 May Last Years

Story Highlights A poll shows that the fear and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of almost 50 percent of Americans. Mental health experts have observed that anxiety stemming from the pandemic has come in waves beginning with anxiety about getting the infection or giving it to someone else to […]

Autism Numbers Increase by 10 Percent in U.S.

Autism Numbers Increase by 10 Percent in U.S.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of children diagnosed with autism in the United States continues to increase. In a report published on Mar. 27, 2020, the CDC estimated the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the country is now one in 54 children—up from one in […]

Autism Prevalence is Declining in California Counties With Higher Incomes

Autism Prevalence is Declining in California Counties With Higher Incomes

Story Highlights Researchers have documented that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is declining in financially secure, predominantly Caucasian communities in California, in contrast to steeply rising rates seen in counties where many families of every race are living in poverty. Researchers did not determine whether the observed declines are related to accessibility of […]

Autism Rate in New Jersey Up 43 Percent

Autism Rate in New Jersey Up 43 Percent

A study by Rutgers University has found that the rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) four-year-old children in New Jersey rose by 43 percent from 2010 to 2014, to an estimated rate of 1 in 35 children—the highest of any state in the United States. According to the research, which was published earlier this year […]

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