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Adult's with Autism Face Added Risk Of Mental, Physical Illnesses, Kaiser Permanente Study


5/15/2014 7:29:51 AM

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Statistics show that around 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States, according to the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. For adults dealing with the behavioral health issue, new research shows that many may also face an added host of mental and physical illnesses. A recent study conducted by Kaiser Permanente showed that those with ASD's are at an increased risk for depression, gastrointestinal issues, obesity, substance abuse and even certain types of cancer, in some cases.

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