Autism on the Rise

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A new report showed a rise in autism nationally. Some suggested that the rise is attributed to better diagnosis of the disease, while other suggest a link in autism to obesity during pregnancy.

The number of autism cases is estimated to be 1 in 88 in the US, compared to an earlier estimate of 1 in 110, according to an Associated Press report by Mike Stobbe on 1500ESPN website.

Although some suggest that better screening for autism attributes to the rise in rates, the Center for Disease Control Center is uncertain of the cause.

"We're not quite sure the reasons for the increase," said Dr. Coleen Boyle of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who spoke to the Associated Press.

Another recent study, reported by the Associated Press in StarTribune, suggested that women who were obese during their pregnancy had a 67 percent more likelihood to have children with autism when compared to pregnant women of a normal weight, who are reported to have a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism.

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