STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE REITERATING, THERE'S NO EASY EXPLANATION FOR WHAT SOME STUDIES CITE AS AN ELEVATED AUTISM RATE, HERE IN UTAH.

A NEW REPORT -- FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION -- RANKS UTAH SECOND FOR AUTISM, AMONG 8-YEAR-OLD KIDS, OUT OF ABOUT A DOZEN STATES, MOST RECENTLY REVIEWED.

HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SAID, CULTURAL AND MEDICAL TRENDS COULD HELP EXPLAIN OUR MORE FREQUENT AUTISM.

BUT AN EXACT REASON HAS STILL NOT BEEN DETERMINED.