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    Autistic Kids Easy Prey for Fake Viral Science

    It’s a tangled web we read. According to trend tracker BuzzSumo’s analysis, more than half of the 50 most shared articles about autism on social networks make unsupported claims about the condition. Experts warn that such posts, preying upon parents’ frustration with conventional medicine, help promote unscientific claims and “cures” that are dangerous for children. While it’s easy to understand the skepticism after doubters helped debunk old and accepted theories — like those blaming parents for the illness — rejecting today’s legitimate research could cause even more harm.

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