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Cracking the Fever-Autism Mystery
By Anne Trafton
For many years, the parents of children with autism have reported that behavioral symptoms diminished when the child had a fever. The fever phenomenon has been documented in at least two large-scale studies over the past 15 years, but the reasons behind it have continued to mystify scientists. Read Cracking the Fever-Autism Mystery »

Hidden Hearing Loss Revealed
By Ryan Jaslow
A pair of biomarkers of brain function—one that represents listening effort, and another that measures the ability to process rapid changes in frequencies—may help explain why a person with normal hearing may struggle to follow conversations in noisy environments, according to a new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Read Hidden Hearing Loss Revealed »

Getting the Brain’s Attention
By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Today, the internet is a sensory free-for-all: Pop-up ads burst into articles every few paragraphs, stealing the screen with lollipop colors and music, shouting product information from unseen corners. The human body is not so different. Every fingernail, elbow, nostril, and eyebrow is constantly vying for the brain’s attention. Read Getting the Brain’s Attention »