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A new study suggest that skyrocketing autism rates have more to do with the diagnosis than the condition.


It's all your fault! (stock photo)

If you follow medical news (or news at all), you're probably aware that autism rates are skyrocketing in the US. The neurological disorder, which many people hadn't heard of 20 years ago, is now diagnosed in 1 in 68 children. That's a startling 30% increase from 2012, when 1 in 88 children were diagnosed. These numbers are definitely scary, especially for any prospective parent, but there may be a less apocalyptic explanation.

A new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics suggests that the reason more children are being diagnosed with autism is just that doctors are more likely to diagnose it.

Sources: NBC News | Wiley Online Library