[U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT]

Researchers say the main reason for the increase in the prevalence of autism appears to be better diagnoses, especially in older children.

The number of children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder has jumped dramatically since 2007, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

As of 2012, one in 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 17 has some form of autism, compared with one in 88 only five years earlier, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read more about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest autism survey at U.S. News and World Report.

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