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Brit parents with autistic children paying thousands for ‘scam dolphin therapy’ – World News – Mirror Online

Some of the centres claim sonar ­signals “activate brain cells” if children touch heads with the mammals. Staff at one waterpark visited by the Sunday People even claimed children unable to speak had uttered their first words after contact with dolphins. Dozens of other parks offer services online – some claiming therapy can beat cancer […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: When Adaptation Looks Like Laziness

Emily Paige Balloutwitter.com/epballou   Many times growing up, I found myself being called lazy for doing things a way that made sense to me.   Of course I had no idea I was autistic for much of my childhood, and it was even longer before I first heard that executive functioning difficulties may be an […]

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THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM: Autistic with Cancer: Six Tips for Navigating the Medical System

Anne Borden twitter.com/againstcures I’m currently going through breast cancer treatment, and have encountered barriers to accessing accommodations while autistic. Based on my experience, I wrote this article to help autistics and other neurodivergent (ND) folks navigate the medical system. In this article I cover both sensory and communication issues, with strategies that have worked for […]

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Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19: Evidence can’t seem to kill it – Science-Based Medicine

  Despite the accumulating negative evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work against COVID-19, activists continue to promote it as a way out of the pandemic. This week, the AAPS and a Yale epidemiologist joined the fray with embarrassingly bad arguments. David Gorski on July 27, 2020 I find it odd at this juncture in late July that […]

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Shooting the Messenger: Activists Persecute Scientists Whose Findings They Don’t Like – Science-Based Medicine

Alice Dreger’s book recounts many instances of shooting the messenger, when scientists were persecuted for research findings that activists found objectionable. Social justice matters, but it should rely on science and reality, not ideology. Harriet Hall on July 28, 2020 Alice Dreger is an academic historian who has been active in supporting those with intersex and other […]

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Australia coronavirus: Victoria declares ‘state of disaster,’ locking down millions in Melbourne – CNN

(CNN)The premier of Victoria plunged the region into a “state of disaster” on Sunday, announcing even stricter lockdown measures, introducing a nightly curfew and banning virtually all trips outdoors after Australia’s second largest state recorded 671 new infections in a single day. Daniel Andrews told Victorians at a news conference that “we have to do […]

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Preventing The Next Pandemic – Science-Based Medicine

Scientists saw the pandemic coming, but world leaders failed to listen. How can we prevent and minimize the next one? Steven Novella on July 29, 2020       It was recently estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could cost the world economy $26.8 trillion over the next 5 years. This was the consensus estimate, but the range was […]