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Why Does NJ Have Such High Autism Rate Among Kids?

Recent Center for Disease Control study shows Garden State takes over Utah's top spot as nation's leader for children with Autism.

The spotlight on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is shining brightly in April, as the month has been deemed National Autism Awareness Month.

But as March came to a close, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that showed Autism among eight-year-olds had increase 30-percent in 11 test states, saying one in ever 68 children was on the spectrum.

That number was an increase from two years earlier, when the CDC said one in every 88 children was on the spectrum. Boys were five times more likely to have Autism than girls, the report said.

In that report, it was revealed New Jersey led the test states – 11 in all – in ASD rates, noting one in every 45 children in the state was on the spectrum. 

So why does New Jersey have such a high Autism rate among kids, according to the CDC's most recent analysis? What do you think is the reason behind the study's findings?
sha April 19, 2014 at 09:44 AM
In the 1940s if one said cigarettes cause cancer the response would have been just like yours, Hookerman. Not so funny now that we know the companies KNEW that but hid it from the public. My father in law was a smoker, got hooked, and died from lung cancer.
Chuck Ruff April 20, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Today’s Daily Record has an interview with Suzanne Buchanan, who is executive director of Autism NJ. It’s an interesting read, but a couple of points. When she is asked about the number of those diagnosed, she answers; “…the CDC’s most recent study identified all children who met the diagnostic criteria. Many of them had a formal diagnosis, and some did not”. Later, she is asked about the diagnostic criteria, and she answers; “Differentiating autism from other disorders, such as ADHD, OCD, and Anxiety Disorder requires a thorough diagnostic evaluation by a physician or psychologist with autism expertise”. So, without a full diagnostic evaluation, autism very well may be misdiagnosed, and she admits earlier than some who fall into the autism statistics never were formally diagnosed to begin with. To me, that means that the numbers are probably much higher than they actually are.
BD Salop April 24, 2014 at 09:55 AM
The UChicago study gives support to exposure to environmental toxins - you can take your pick. Here’s a source I like - Emily Willinghamat Forbes - on the vaccine issue: "Is The CDC Hiding Data About Mercury, Vaccines, And Autism?" http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2014/02/22/is-the-cdc-hiding-data-about-mercury-vaccines-and-autism/
Pamela Pearce April 29, 2014 at 02:58 PM
its genetic-my husband is a high functioning Aspergers & has not been formally diagnosed-has ADD & Bi-polar but my son has PDD the next level down from Asbergers & so have my 3 kids been diagnosed with learning disorders/Bi-polar,anxiety disorders- its a fine line to who gets what when those famous chromesome chain link separates & who gets what-
harry May 22, 2014 at 09:15 AM
try to find a commercial property in NJ that isn't contaminated.

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