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The AP (10/5, Johnson) reports, “Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 American children have autism disorders — higher than a previous US estimate of one in 150.” One study “stems from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health,” in which “parents reported about 1 in 91 children, ages three to 17, had autism.” Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced “that their preliminary findings also shoautismw about one in 100 children have the disorders.” While “greater awareness, broader definitions and spotting autism in younger children may explain some of the increase,” Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said, “The concern here is that buried in these numbers is a true increase.”  The Chicago Tribune (10/2, Tsouderos) reported, “Dr. Ileana Arias, deputy director of the CDC, said the agency considers the disorder ‘a significant issue that needs immediate attention.’  In a column in Age of Autism (10/3), David Kirby wrote that HHS Secretary Sebelius said during “a hastily arranged telephone ‘visit'” that while the prevalence of autism might be higher than previously thought, “We don’t know if it has gone up.” She also “declared autism ‘An urgent public health challenge,'” adding that “President Obama was ‘right to make it one of our top health priorities.'” USA Today (10/5, Rubin) also covers the story.

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