Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Autism in South Korea Skyrocketing?

Study suggests autism is diagnosed more frequently in South Korea than in the US.

South Korea just sent autism prevalence rates surging north. Autism-spectrum disorders affect an estimated 2.64 percent of the nation’s schoolchildren, or about 1 in 38 youngsters, a new study finds.

That’s a considerably higher figure than has been reported in the United States, England and elsewhere, where prevalence estimates range from 0.07 percent to 1.8 percent. A 2006 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 110 children had an autism spectrum disorder, at that time considered a surprisingly high rate.

I'm not sure what I make of this at the moment, though it's interesting food for thought.

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