US sees no rise in autism in past 3 years Jan 03, 2018 0 45 12345 AFPMiamiAfter more than a decade of steady increases in the rate of children diagnosed with autism in the United States, the rate has plateaued in the past three years, researchers said Tuesday.The findings were based on a nationwide study in which more than 30,000 parents reported whether or not their children had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)."The estimated ASD prevalence was 2.41 percent among US children and adolescents in 2014-2016, with no statistically significant increase over the three years," said the research letter by experts at the University of Iowa, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The first observation of a plateau was made by a separate group in 2012, when the rate flattened out to 1.46 percent, according to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.Federal health authorities say that means about one in 68 children in the United States have the neurodevelopmental disability, whose causes remain poorly understood.The ADDM had documented a"continuous increase from 0.67 percent in 2000 to 1.47 percent in 2010."The 2.4 percent rate described in the JAMA report translate to one in 47 children, but researchers cautioned that the discrepancy may be explained by"differences in study design and participant characteristics."The JAMA report, based on the annual National Health Interview Survey, did not delve into"underlying causes for the findings and cannot make conclusions about their medical significance."The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also noted a plateau in the autism rate in 2016, but said it was"too soon to know whether ASD prevalence in the United States might be starting to stabilise." Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Legalised pot sale off to a blazing start in California Jan 03, 2018 0 602 Extreme cold sparks chaos at Canada airports Jan 03, 2018 0 233 2017 safest year for post-war civil aviation Jan 03, 2018 0 48 Kuwait, 5 other nations join UN Security Council AFP United Nations Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday"to make a .. Soldier held for killing pregnant woman in line for pork: Venezuela REUTERS CARACAS Venezuelan authorities arrested a National Guard soldier over the weekend and accused him of shooting a pregnant 18 year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork. .. At least 9 die, 14 others hurt in Brazil prison riot AFP Sao Paulo At least nine people were killed and 14 others wounded Monday in a prison riot in the central Brazilian state of Goias that ended in a blaze -- and the escape of more than 100 inmates, local media reported. ..