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Autism Research Setback: Brain Tissue Shortage Complicated by Freezer Thaw Out

Autism research received a recent setback. Last year in May 2012, a freezer failure at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, McLean Hospital, caused 147 frozen specimens to thaw over a period of a few days, with 54 of them dedicated to autism research. Brain tissue is extremely fragile and degrades quickly. This will have…
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Study From University of Connecticut Suggests Some Children Can Outgrow Autism

A fascinating study that will surely be debated and undoubtedly provoke more study suggests that a minority of toddlers diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorder no longer qualify as autistic years after diagnosis.  The investigator, Dr. Deborah Fein estimates that 10%-20% of children can outgrow or otherwise “recover” from autism; the study uses the phrase “achieve(s) optimal outcomes.”…
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