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Rising awareness may explain spike in autism diagnoses

Date:
March 24, 2014
Source:
Spectrum
Summary:
Young boys continue to have the highest rate of autism diagnoses, but Danish doctors are diagnosing more girls, teenagers and adults with the disorder than they did in the mid-1990s.
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Young boys continue to have the highest rate of autism diagnoses, but Danish doctors are diagnosing more girls, teenagers and adults with the disorder than they did in the mid-1990s. That's the finding from a 16-year study published 20 February in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Many studies look at the prevalence of autism, akin to taking a snapshot of the number of diagnoses in a given population. The new study instead examined the disorder's incidence, or newly reported diagnoses, each year.

Between 1995 and 2010, nearly 15,000 people received a new diagnosis of autism in Denmark, the study found. During that time, the incidence of autism overall increased from 9 diagnoses per 100,000 people to 38.6.

Read the full article here: https://spectrumnews.org/news/rising-awareness-may-explain-spike-in-autism-diagnoses/


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Materials provided by Spectrum. Original written by Laura Geggel. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Christina Mohr Jensen, Hans-Christoph Steinhausen, Marlene Briciet Lauritsen. Time Trends Over 16 Years in Incidence-Rates of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan Based on Nationwide Danish Register Data. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2014; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-014-2053-6

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