Autism awareness has certainly increased in recent years. For example, 2013 saw the first autistic Miss America contestant and the celebrity-filled "Night of Too Many Stars" series has brought the disorder to the national stage as well. And, in light of a new parental study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this disorder is bound to become more widely known and, hopefully, understood.
According to reports, the prevalence of autism among children has increased from an estimated 1 in 88 to 1 in 50 since the last parental survey on the disorder was compiled in 2007. However, while this figure may sound concerning, researchers have intimated that this may be a positive development.
The study focused on minors between 6 and 17 years of age and the majority of new cases discovered were among adolescents who were 14 or older. This is one of many factors that has led scientists to believe that this uptick is due, at least in part, to better diagnostics rather an an actual increase in prevalence.
Stephen Blumberg, lead author of the new report, posited that the rise could be "due to improved recognition of autism spectrum disorder," and doesn't necessarily indicate a higher risk of developing it, The New York Times states.
Another potentially positive aspect of this updated statistic is that it may establish a greater need for increased investment in new treatment methods for this disorder. Currently, there is no cure for autism, but its symptoms may be managed through behavioral therapy and medication. Some families have also seen some success employing hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism.
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