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Why Minnesota's Measles Outbreak Could Get Even Worse

Somali-Americans avoiding vaccines due to unfounded fears of autism

(Newser) - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified 34 cases so far in a measles outbreak, with a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert worried it's leading to a "gas-and-match situation" that will result in more cases and possibly even deaths, NPR reports. What health officials are worried may... More »

Smoking While Pregnant May Harm Your Future Grandkids

Assuming you give birth to a female

(Newser) - If you're looking for another reason to just say no to cigarettes, researchers are offering up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker's children, but for the smoker's grandchildren, too. Coming on the heels of... More »

Sesame Street's Newest Character Is a First

'Julia' has autism

(Newser) - Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes—and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, often the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang,... More »

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism

Grandmothers tend to notice signs of autism before parents, study finds

(Newser) - Parents, it turns out, aren't necessarily the first to spot signs of autism in their children. Close friends and grandparents—and especially grandmothers—are consistently helpful in getting earlier diagnoses, researchers report in the journal Autism . After surveying nearly 500 parents of children with autism, and then following that... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

Scientists May Be Able to Spot Autism in Infants

Research could lead to new therapies to treat the disorder earlier in children

(Newser) - Promising new research may make it possible to detect autism in babies before symptoms appear. Researchers scanned the brains of infants with autistic siblings considered at high risk of developing the disorder themselves. They report in the journal Nature that brain changes identified in MRIs of infants allowed them to... More »

De Niro Making News Again Over Vaccines

Supports $100K reward offered for proof of debunked link to autism

(Newser) - Despite once expressing a desire to punch him, Robert De Niro now says he's open to working President Trump—at least indirectly—on exploring the debunked link between autism and vaccines, the Washington Post reports. "If he does the right thing, he does the right thing," the... More »

Parents Building a Neighborhood Just for Autistic Adults

Community is going up on 29 acres near Dallas

(Newser) - For years, the parents of a boy on the high-needs end of the autism spectrum have been brainstorming what to do when he enters adulthood. When he was a pre-teen, they hit on the idea of a housing complex designed specifically for adults with autism, and now that he's... More »

'Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist' to Maybe Head Trump Vaccine Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday

(Newser) - An "outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist" says he's been tapped by Donald Trump to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity," the Atlantic reports. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday, saying Trump, like himself, "has some doubts about the current vaccine... More »

Internet Helps Dad Find Special Sippy Cup for Autistic Son

Even the cup manufacturer gets involved

(Newser) - Faced with the pending demise of his autistic son's beloved sippy cup, Marc Carter turned to the internet in hopes of finding a replica of the out-of-production vessel—the only one 14-year-old Ben will drink from, reports Mashable . And come through the internet did: Before long, dozens of cups... More »

Football Star Sees Autistic Kid Eating Alone, Swoops in

Feel all the feels, thanks to FSU's Travis Rudolph

(Newser) - When Leah Paske got a message from a friend Tuesday that said, "Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son," accompanied by a now-viral photo of her son chowing down in his Florida middle school with a young man, her first response was: "Who?" That response soon... More »

Internet Helps Autistic Girl Replace Beloved Shirt—150 Times

'It's been very, very touching,' says mom Deborah Skouson

(Newser) - Ever since Deborah Skouson came home with a pink flowered shirt for her daughter five years ago, Cami, who has autism, has been "fixated" on it. It quickly became her favorite piece of clothing, leading Skouson to scour eBay each time her daughter's current shirt became unwearable. But... More »

The Child Is Fine. Then a Mystifying Regression Occurs

It's called CDD, and it's perhaps the most severe form of autism

(Newser) - A headline at Spectrum calls childhood disintegrative disorder "the most terrifying childhood condition you've never heard of." The story by David Dobbs then backs it up. CDD, or Heller's syndrome, is a form of autism—in fact, it's kind of the uber-autism. What makes it... More »

Cops: Autistic Woman Kept Outside in Crate

5 planned to prostitute the woman, sheriff says

(Newser) - A Louisiana sheriff says two men and three women are accused of keeping an autistic woman outdoors with only a kennel-like crate as her shelter and planning to use her as a prostitute. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Thursday that investigators searched the house last week after a report... More »

2 Guilty in Dangerous Prank on Autistic Man

Both are sentenced to community service

(Newser) - Two New Jersey men have been found guilty of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person by coaxing a man with autism to jump into a freezing ocean in a prank posted online. Authorities say Nicholas Formica, 22, and Christopher Tilton, 21, dared 20-year-old Parker Drake to eat a hamster... More »

50 Cent Gives $100K to Charity After Teasing Autistic Teen

He posted a video on Instagram calling the 19-year-old 'high'

(Newser) - Curtis Jackson III needed to make amends for a "joke" he posted online, and he's just donated a huge chunk of money to an autism advocacy group, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Jackson—better known by his rapper name 50 Cent—landed in hot water when he posted a... More »

50 Cent Slammed After Mocking Autistic Janitor

He called the 19-year-old 'high' and 'the walking dead'

(Newser) - 50 Cent is facing outrage and possible legal action after—for some reason—filming himself making fun of an autistic janitor at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, TMZ reports. A video posted to 50 Cent's Instagram account Sunday (and later removed) shows the rapper approaching 19-year-old Andrew Farrell, who... More »

Autistic Teen Forgets Words at Talent Show, Audience Jumps in

'They showed him that he is not disabled but he is just differently able-ed'

(Newser) - Jagger Lavely loves music, and Frozen in particular, but the 13-year-old with autism briefly forgot the lyrics to "Let It Go" while performing the song at a middle school talent show in Massachusetts on Saturday. But not to fear: The audience chimed in to help him remember, even though... More »

De Niro Pulls Vaxxed From Film Fest

'We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for'

(Newser) - Robert De Niro last week defended the decision to screen Vaxxed at the Tribeca Film Festival, saying, "this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion," because he has a child with autism. The actor has since reconsidered, reports the... More »

Dad Learns He's Autistic When Daughter Is Diagnosed

Chris Offer had been with his wife 7 years before diagnosis

(Newser) - In the early days of their relationship, Jessica Offer says she and her now husband Chris Offer would argue over his discomfort in looking people directly in the eye. Then there was the sensitivity to social overload. And after moving in together, the absurd neatness of their kitchen pantry. But... More »

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