In 1998 in two television appearances, a boy named Parker Beck helped make the protein secretin the latest in a long line of would-be cures of the puzzling neurological disease known as autism. The autistic child was plagued by frequent diarrhea and vomiting–it's unclear why, but many children with autism suffer from gastrointestinal problems in addition to the typical problems of social withdrawal.
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