The VICE Guide to Right Now: No, Autism Rates Are Not Actually On the Rise

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Since it was discovered in the mid-1900s, autism has increased exponentially. In 1974, autism affected a scant one in 5,000 children in the United States. By 2010, that number was one in 68, or about 1.5 percent of children in the United States. Between 2000 and 2010 alone, the rate of autism increased threefold.

This "autism epidemic" has been falsely explained by things like circumcision and vaccines. Some...

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