A new study shows a lower autism rate is seen in Hispanic schoolchildren in Texas.
New York (WiredPRNews.com) – A recent study shows a lower autism diagnosis rate in Hispanic children than in children of other ethnic backgrounds. As reported by Reuters, the study on schoolchildren in Texas shows that the differences are not explained looking at socioeconomic factors.
Dr. Raymond F. Palmer of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and his colleagues are quoted in the report as stating of the study results, “These findings raise questions: Is autism under diagnosed among Hispanics? Are there protective factors associated with Hispanic ethnicity?” Researchers are quoted by Reuters as stating certain unexplored factors that may contribute to the lower rates “remains a crucial area for further research.”
More information about the study may be found in the Dec. 2009 publication of the American Journal of Public Health.
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