Autism Rates Are Rising

March 2014

A decade ago the US counted 1 in 150 children with autism. By two years ago the prevalence was up to 1 in 88. The latest data released this month jump to 1 in 68. The support group Autism Speaks has comprehensive coverage of the latest CDC numbers HERE.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) measure of autism prevalence is based on requests for autism-related services. By comparison, programs that go into schools to screen children directly find more cases, as high as 1 in 38 in one study in South Korea.

The Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks notes, "As the number of people affected by autism rises, so does the economic cost of not addressing their need to become valued and valuable members of their communities. How high must the numbers go before we have a comprehensive national strategy to address this major public-health issue?"

At this time, there is one clinical trial that is studying the impact of cord blood stem cells on children with autism. The autism study was inspired by previous success stories of children who received cord blood therapy for cerebral palsy, and showed marked improvement in their communication skills.

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