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U.S. autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 6:35 pm

NEW YORK — 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.

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