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“Autism and ADHD Rise: What Is Going On?”

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise at an alarming rate. In 2011, in a new study, published in Pediatrics, government researchers found that, “One in six American children now has a developmental disability – a 17% increase over the past decade, driven largely by increases in autism and ADHD.” Investigators saw increases in a wide range of developmental problems, including stuttering and learning disabilities but the most significant increases were seen with autism and ADHD, where autism rates nearly quadrupled over the study period. Although nearly twice as many boys as girls had a disability, scientists had no explanation for this difference.

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