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- Ex-Southeast student gets probation for placing homemade sex video on porn site without woman's knowledge (8/24/16)13
- Marble Hill fires entire sewer department (8/23/16)5
- Bootheel lawmaker seeks probe into crop damage by illegal herbicide spraying (8/24/16)1
- Former alt-rock frontwoman tells how she found Christianity (8/29/16)2
- Jackson girl stays planted on the farm (8/28/16)2
- Schnucks bans solicitors, including organizations like Salvation Army (8/24/16)38
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- Court ruling, state suggest businesses may apply use, sales tax to deliveries (8/24/16)2
- Scott City School District introduces new preschool program (8/26/16)1
U.S. plans controversial autism study
The government wants to test chelation, a treatment for lead poisoning, on children with autism -- even though there's no evidence it leads to improvements.
Proof that chelation doesn't work might dissuade many parents from trying it, the government theorizes. Other scientists decry it as quack medicine.
Chelation treatment can involve pills, suppositories or IV treatment. Side effects can include rashes, low white blood cells and vomiting. Also, three deaths have been linked to medication errors involving the IV treatment.