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Mysteries of Autism Revealed

Autism is a mysterious and complex disorder, the causes of which are, as yet, unknown. A new study published recently in the journal Nature may have found clues for early diagnosis which could allow doctors to halt or slow down progress of the condition.
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Prodigies May be Autistic

A new study of 8 child prodigies suggests a possible link between these children's special skills and autism. Of the prodigies studied, 3 had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

In addition, half of the prodigies had a family member or a first- or second-degree...
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Is Autism an Advantage in the Modern World?

Autism seems to be more widespread that ever--unless statistics are wrong: a new study show that the rate of autism has risen 23% in the last two years, with one in 88 children affected. Could there be a REASON behind this? Scientists studying the problem have begun to find some advantages to being autistic.

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It's Now Against the Law to be a Kid

More and more US schools have their own police forces. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the cafeteria floor. The state has taken over discipline from the classroom teacher and is now criminalizing normal childhood...
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Polio is Back

Polio was the disease that President Franklin Roosevelt had that the media kept secret from the public, for fear of making him look weak. It was the scourge of children who grew up in the 40s and early 50s, before the polio vaccine was invented in 1955. While polio still affects some African countries, the CDC has declared that polio is a...

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What It's Like to be a Genius

What is it like to live inside the body of the special kind of genius known as the autistic savant (once know as idiot savants)? These are people whom scientists think are brain damaged in the womb. One part of the brain, the part that controls social interactions, ends up underdeveloped and to compensate, the other part, that controls...

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