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Autism in the News - 04.24.12

America’s false autism epidemic (The New York Post)
The apparent epidemic of autism is in fact the latest instance of the fads that litter the history of psychiatry. Read more.

Geekiness and autism: Is there a connection? (CNN)
Laura Nagle loves physics. She peruses scientific papers for her own enjoyment, and she can sometimes work out the answers to cosmological mysteries in her head when she watches documentaries about the universe. She has read, in her estimation, about 12,000 books. Read more.  Read more. Re

The Romanian orphan enjoying his first time at Oxford (UK)
Cornel Hrisca-Munn was born a tiny scrap of a thing in December 1991 with no forearms and a severely deformed right leg. His mother screamed in horror when she saw him. A doctor gave him days to live, so no birth certificate was ever issued. Instead, even before his first feed, he was taken 35 miles away to an institution in the Romanian countryside. There he was dumped in a battered metal cot in a bare room crammed full of other unwanted or disabled babies, given a little milk and left to die. Read more.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny rejects accusations that Government targeting autistic children for cuts (Ireland)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny today rejected accusations that the Government has targeted autistic children for cuts to the domiciliary care allowance. Read more.

Youngest survivor of Mo. crash gives family hope  (St. Louis Today)
What about the baby? Brad Hartwig is on the phone with the Miller County coroner. Read more.