Boston (ChatterShmatter) – According to a new report released by the CDC, autism has spiked nearly 60% in the last 4 years, and now impacts 1% of all children in the U.S.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the report just this week looking into the state of autism in the U.S.
What they found is that over the course of the past 4 years, autism has increased 57% in regards to its occurence among U.S. children.
By the end of 2006, it was found that 1 out of every 110 children in the U.S. was diagnosed with autism by the age of 8.
Breaking it down by gender, this worked out to 1 out of every 70 boys, and 1 out of every 315 girls.
These numbers are major spikes over what has been seen in past years’ reports released.
This all comes at a time when medical treatment for autism is lacking, as many companies such as Pfizer, Inc. struggle to put together effective medical treatments to help children.
As of now the best way to treat autism is still at the psychological level.
What is not known however is how many of these cases are actual increases as a result of the disease spreading, or due to better diagnosis and education among parents and doctors.