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Autism and high-fructose corn syrup: Grist for the misinformation mill

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Last week, the website Grist got themselves into a sticky mess with the publication of this article: Paper asks: Does high-fructose corn syrup contribute to a rise in autism? The blaring headline version of the new study’s conclusion would read: “High-Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Autism.” And while that may be a bit of an overstatement,…

12 girls suffer mystery condition in NY (Updated: diagnosis)

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Update on Tourette-Like Illness in Leroy LEROY, NY — Administrators in the Leroy Central School District updated parents and students about a mysterious disorder that’s affected twelve female high school students, causing them to exhibit symptoms similar to Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by involuntary motor and vocal tics. Wednesday night,…

Four-part series on Discovering Autism – The upsurge in diagnoses

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Discovering Autism: Unraveling an epidemic – latimes.com. The L.A. Times has a four part series on autism beginning with this story about the increase in diagnosis. Rates of autism have exploded over the last 20 years. In exploring the phenomenon and its repercussions, Los Angeles Times staff writer Alan Zarembo interviewed dozens of clinicians, researchers,…

Eye eye eye – credulous story about iridology

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Eyes could hold the answer to mysterious health problems Kathryn picked up a flier giving information on alternative therapist Michelle Matthews and, having already visited her GP in vain, she decided to see if she could help. The Australian-trained naturopath, based in Edinburgh, uses iridology on patients before prescribing herbs for treatment. Iridology is the…

Autism diagnosis not consistent between clinics

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Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders Vary Widely Across Clinics The researchers found that diagnoses of specific categories of autism spectrum disorder varied dramatically from site to site across the country. Clinicians across centers varied in how they weighed different factors and in the thresholds they set to make diagnoses. Although verbal IQ strongly influenced diagnoses…