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In a Decade, Childhood Disabilities Rise 16%

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"Significantly more children have disabilities today as compared to a decade ago, largely due to increased diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, researchers say. The prevalence of disability in children grew more than 16 percent in 10 years, according to findings presented Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, a gathering of four leading pediatric organizations held in Washington, D.C."

"Itís unclear whatís behind the rise in disability prevalence, though greater diagnosis of autism could be at least partly responsible, said Amy Houtrow of the Childrenís Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who is lead author of the study."

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