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shazdancer
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This from today's NY Times: Fever May Ease the Effects of Autism

Ya think maybe because it is killing something, like an infection, maybe?

Interesting.

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Great post!

"In the case of autism, it is unclear how fever might help."

Hmmm? Let me scratch my head here...

"The researchers said it was possible that fever somehow, if only temporarily, rekindled neural mechanisms that do not work properly in autistic people."

Hmmm? Well, we DO know that people tend to run fevers to fight off infection, but let's just skip over that insignificant piece of data - since maybe children aren't really 'people' yet??? Afterall, we have no scientific proof of that!...

"One of the authors, Craig J. Newschaffer, now of Drexel University School of Public Health, said that before the study, there was a sense among doctors that individual parents' reports about fever's effects might not be representative. ``You tend to be skeptical,'' he said."

Skeptical? I'd call it ignorant.

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my son is autistic. When he gets a fever, it kindles his behaviors because he doesnt feel well... and he doesnt FEEL like moving....

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