It’s Official: Autism is an Epidemic

A large population study just published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, January 1, 2003; 289: 49-55) confirms that autism is occurring at an
unprecedented rate. In fact, if all forms of autism are considered, more than one child in 150 is autistic. To put it in perspective, in the 1980’s this condition was estimated to affect less than one child in 10,000. This confirms that autism cannot be simply a genetic condition since there cannot be epidemics of genetic diseases.

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