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A new study might offer an explanation for the autism boom
San Francisco Chronicle

A new study suggests the surging rates of autism over recent decades are a result of changes in the way the disease is diagnosed.

Medical professionals have long thought improved and changed diagnosis practices could play a key role in the autism boom and now this large and ground-breaking study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics backs these assumptions with solid evidence.

And perhaps what makes this study especially noteworthy, Tara Haelle points out at Forbes.com, is that it supports “the idea that the apparent rise in autism rates, or at least most of it, is unlikely to be ‘real.’” In other words, the increase in autism reflects a more common diagnosis of what might have gone undetected or been diagnosed as something else in the past.

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