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autism: a disease of rich?

In Uncategorized on 18. July 2010 at 07:10

The higher rates of diagnosed autism among the wealthy has long been thought to be a result of higher rates of diagnosis (or “diagnostic ascertainment bias”) – i.e., wealthier families having better access to those who diagnose autism.  However, a new paper argues that the disease itself might actually be more common at the higher end of the income spectrum.  The paper relied on “abstracted data from records of multiple educational and medical sources to determine the number of children who appear to meet the ASD case definition, regardless of pre-existing diagnosis.

via NYT

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