The new higher numbers stem in part because of a different method of counting. Last year’s “1 in 88” number came from diagnosis reflected in school records or other kinds of official reports. This study asked parents and found 1 in 50 children has some form of autism.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis