Autism in the U.S. may be leveling off

Autism in the U.S. may be leveling off


After more than a decade of steady increases, the rate of children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. has evened off in the past 3 years. The new findings were based on a nationwide study. More than 30,000 parents reported whether their children had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Experts at the University of Iowa saw no significant increase between 2014 and 2016. The CDC also noted a flattening of the autism rate in 2016, but said it was too soon to know whether rates were starting to stabilize.

The new report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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