- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)13
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
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.