NBC's Tom Costello and ABC's John McKenzie (subscription required) took a news-oriented angle, examining the CDC's public health statistics. McKenzie called the new numbers, based on projections from a 14-state survey, "more alarming than the government ever recognized." While genetics may play a role, "this study did not attempt to find a cause," Costello told us. Part of the increased incidence is a function of the expansion of the neuro-developmental definition over the years. Boys are more likely to be afflicted than girls; children in New Jersey more than in Alabama or West Virginia, Costello added.
CBS led with a feature-style approach from its in-house physician Jon LaPook. The disorder "includes a range of symptoms, from subtle to severe, speech and behavior disabilities." He profiled an expensive specialist school in New York City with a long waiting list that helps children while they are still toddlers: "A huge problem is that children are being diagnosed too late." ABC also consulted its in-house physician Timothy Johnson (no link). He pointed out that the survey counts children: "What happens when they become adults and they are no longer serviced by the school system?"
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