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Autism Diagnoses May Be Seriously Underreported: What to Know

[Source:  Healthline]

A new study reports that diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are on the rise. Conversely, the findings also suggest that cases of autism are being underreported.

Researchers analyzed data in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area between 2000 and 2016, publishing their findings today in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers stated that ASD diagnoses in children with intellectual disabilities doubled between 2000 and 2016, but diagnoses in kids with no intellectual disability nearly quintupled during this timeframe.

Researchers noted that the biggest increase was found in children who don’t have intellectual disabilities — flying in the face of past data that suggests intellectual disabilities and autism goes hand in hand.

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