Unfortunately "reporting" (or not reporting) can have incredible effects on statistics. When the police need to get the crime figures down, they are encouraged to report fewer (minor) crimes - and when the govt. want the figure to go up to scare the public, the police are encouraged to report more (minor) crimes. This information comes directly from my lectures in crimminality. There are the questions of whether or not Autistic spectrum disorders are on the rise - or are just more folk getting diagnosed and reported now; when before they would have been labelled "spastic" and shoved into an institution. And you are absolutely right Golden. "Munchaussen's-by-proxy" was becoming an epidemic. But it was one of bad medical diagnostics - and it made everything a hundred times worse for the parents and the children who suffered.