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UPI: 25% of autistic children still not being diagnosed; more screening called for

Jan 10, 2020, UPI: One in four children with autism goes undiagnosed, study finds https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2020/01/10/One-in-four-children-with-autism-goes-undiagnosed-study-finds/4681578666572/ Failure to recognize disorder is higher among black and Hispanic children, researchers note, as scientists discover its possible genetic underpinnings. As many as one in four children with autism go undiagnosed -- and, the majority of those in whom the disorder is missed are black or Hispanic. Among the key findings in a study published Thursday in the journal Autism Research, researchers report that, despite increasing awareness of autism, many clinicians still fail to recognize it in young children under eight years of age, said study co-author Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and director of the New Jersey Autism Study, which contributed to the research…. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 59 children is diagnosed with autism nationwide. … According to Zahorodny, screening all toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children for autism could help reduce the disparities uncovered by he and his team….