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Xbox Live Tags 11-Year-Old Autistic Boy a 'Cheater'

Update: According to the Twitter feed of XBLA's Director of Policy and Enforcement Stephen Toulouse, the account was "illegitimately modified" and Julius' mother has since been contacted. The Rainman of 'Halo,' 11-year-old Julius Jackson is apparently a video game whiz. The boy, whose mother says he usually masters games in three to four days, is autistic, and reaches to his Xbox both to socia...

Wearable 'Q Sensor' Helps Monitor Stress Levels

A new wristband from the MIT Media Lab-spawned company Affectiva can purportedly detect stress levels in the wearer, and give cues to their emotional state. The Q Sensor operates similarly to a polygraph by detecting electrical changes in the user's skin. When a person is excited, worried or upset, moisture begins to gather under the skin's surface, often as a prelude to sweating. The Q Sensor me...

Dad Creates 'Speaks4Me' Program to Help His Autistic Son Communicate

Rather than sit back and do nothing while his son struggled to communicate, one British father created a program to help his autistic child communicate. Autism is a difficult disease for both parents and children to manage. According to BBC News, Stephen Lodge's Speaks4Me program allows its user to form sentences by dragging and dropping onscreen images in a particular order. Stephen's 11-y...

'Human iPod' to Play First Live Concert

There are plenty of tales and Discovery Channel specials about musical savants. Though they can barely speak or read, these folks can remember hundreds or even thousands of pieces of music and play them from memory. Or they can play back a piece after hearing it only once. But rarely does one of these savants give a major concert, let alone with a marketing campaign dubbing a severely autistic p...

Study Finds Link Between Wi-Fi and Autism

Autism, like nearly every other modern disease, has been on the rise of late, with far more children being called autistic today than 10 or 20 years ago. Some believe that it's simply being diagnosed more by doctors than before, but others are looking for environmental causes. The case of that latter group has some new backing with a study finding a link between autism and Wi-Fi. The study, pub...

Do Cell Phones Cause Autism?

A new study out of Kingwood, Texas-based private clinic, Internal Balance, suggests that the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by cell phones, cell towers and Wi-Fi devices could be to blame for the rising rate of autism in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 10,000 American children was afflicted with autism in the 1970s. Today, the ratio is on...