PodMed TT – Increasing Autism Rates

Is the rate of autism increasing nationally? As Rick and I discuss on PodMed TT this week, a very large and long-term analysis published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the CDC concludes the answer is yes. The analysis looks at data from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, a system of 11 monitoring centers sprinkled across the country. Since 2000, the estimates of autism spectrum disorders among 8-year-olds in these sites has increased, more than doubling overall. The rates vary among the 11 centers and by sex and ethnicity, but clearly trend upward, indicating a substantial need for evaluation, diagnosis and intervention, and—hopefully—some idea of the cause of the increase.

Other topics this week include two from NEJM, Radial-Artery or Saphenous-Vein Grafts in Coronary-Artery Bypass Surgery, and Once-Daily Single-Inhaler Triple versus Dual Therapy in Patients with COPD and one from Circulation, Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population.

Until next week, y’all listen up and make healthy choices.