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Autism bill passed in Congress

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Combating Autism Act of 2006, unanimously passed by the Senate in August, passed in the House on Friday. The bill, sponsored by Representative Mary Bono (R-CA) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), will award research grants, education on autism and statewide autism screening, diagnosis, and intervention programs and systems.

Incidents of autism increased 10-fold from 6 in 10,000 in the 1980s to about 60 in 10,000 today. Recently documented links to mercury exposure could be just one of many environmental triggers for autism. Such a staggering change deserves national attention. Hopefully President Bush will agree.

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