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After Backlash, Chili's Cancels Fundraiser for Anti-Vaccine Charity

Will find a different way to honor Autism Awareness Month

(Newser) - After facing heated backlash, restaurant chain Chili's canceled a fundraiser that would have benefited a group linked to the anti-vaccination movement. The canceled fundraiser for Autism Awareness Month would have sent 10% of all profits made today at more than 1,200 Chili's locations around the country to... More »

Autism in Kids Jumps 30%

CDC report concludes that 1 in 68 has it

(Newser) - Autism Spectrum Disorder may be on the rise in the US, with 1 in 68 children now having the condition, according to CDC figures released today. That's a 30% increase from the 1 in 88 number recorded just two years ago, CNN reports. It also means that, according to... More »

Autism Starts in the Womb

Finding offers new hopes for treatment

(Newser) - Autism appears to start with changes in the brain months before birth, according to new research that highlights the need for early identification and treatment of the disorder. Researchers studying the brains of deceased autistic children found abnormal patches in the cortex that suggest something went wrong either during or... More »

Chemist Claims She Cured Daughter's Autism

By wiping MSG from her child's diet

(Newser) - A Bay Area biochemist thinks she's found a sort of autism smoking gun: monosodium glutamate, or MSG. It's a chemical compound almost exclusively connoted with Chinese food, but Katherine Reid points out that it's found in all but 5% of processed food, largely unbeknownst to us: It... More »

Older Dad? Mental Illness Risk Goes Up

But study shouldn't discourage older dads, experts say

(Newser) - Are older dads more likely to have troubled children? A wide-ranging new study suggests yes, linking older fathers to an increased risk of a wide range of mental disorders as well as lower grades in school and a higher risk of drug problems. Children born to 45-year-old fathers were more... More »

Could a Diuretic Reverse Autism in Some Cases?

Results of rodent tests released

(Newser) - French researchers have been testing a diuretic on kids with autism, and in a study released yesterday in Science, they explain why they think the drug, a version of bumetanide they have patented, has so much promise: because of their experiments with mice. As USA Today explains, a chemical switch... More »

Autism Rates Soar in US' Biggest Somali Community

Minneapolis rates far above national average

(Newser) - A health puzzle in Minneapolis: Autism rates in the city are way above the national average, especially in the city's Somali-American community, which is the nation's biggest. Autism spectrum disorders affect around one in 88 American children, but the rate in Minneapolis is one in 48 overall, rising... More »

Nonverbal Autistic Boy Stuns Mom, Sings Katy Perry

8-year-old had never uttered more than single words previously

(Newser) - An autistic boy in Texas who had never strung together more than a few words is now a bit of a YouTube sensation for doing far more than that. Jack Robbins, 8, stunned his parents when he began regularly singing the lyrics to Katy Perry's song "Roar" around... More »

Babies' Eye Contact May Offer Clue to Autism

Researchers see dropoff at 2 months, earliest sign yet

(Newser) - A new autism study makes what looks to be a significant discovery: The first signs show up as early as two months of age in the form of reduced eye contact by babies, reports the New York Times . If the findings hold up, they could provide doctors with the earliest... More »

NYC Searching for Missing Autistic Boy

Non-verbal 14-year-old walked away from school

(Newser) - If you live in New York City, authorities want to be sure you're on the lookout for Avonte Oquendo. Fliers featuring the 14-year-old's face have gone up all over town, and subway conductors have been urging passengers to be on the lookout, and helicopters are even scanning for... More »

After Autistic Boy Gets Hate Mail, Community Rallies

Poison-pen letter urges family to euthanize 13-year-old

(Newser) - A small town east of Toronto has rallied around the family of an autistic boy that was sent hate mail so vicious they feared for the 13-year-old's safety. The boy has been spending summer mornings with his grandmother, who received a horrifyingly cruel anonymous letter complaining about Maxwell Begley'... More »

Induced Labor Could Be Linked to Autism

Study finds increased risk in kids who were induced

(Newser) - A new study finds induced labor may be linked to an increased risk of autism, but doctors warn that more research is needed. The study of 625,000 children found that, overall, 13 out of every 1,000 boys and four out of every 1,000 girls developed autism. But,... More »

Autism Has 'Eerie' Connection to Cancer Gene

Researchers see hope for autism treatment

(Newser) - "It's eerie," says a scientist of a newly discovered link between autism and cancer. What researchers found: A gene known as PTEN can cause a number of different cancers, including breast, thyroid, and colon; and it turns out that some 10% of kids with mutations in the... More »

Search for Missing Autistic Boy Takes Criminal Turn

Terry Smith's half-brother arrested

(Newser) - Police and volunteers by the hundreds have been combing the "snake-infested scrub" around Menifee, California, for days searching for an autistic 11-year-old last seen Saturday night, reports MyValleyNews . Now it's beginning to look like Terry Smith never got far from home. Police today found a body matching his... More »

Despairing Mom, Caregiver Killed Autistic Boy: Cops

Pair charged with murder after surviving apparent suicide attempt

(Newser) - Months after recording a plea for help, the mother of a severely autistic 14-year-old boy and a close family friend who helped care for the boy around the clock stabbed the teen to death before taking pills in an apparent suicide attempt and lying down beside him, police in Illinois... More »

Placenta May Hold Autism Clues

Study suggests folds and creases point to higher risk

(Newser) - A new study suggests that doctors can gauge a newborn's chances of developing autism by looking at the baby's placenta, reports USA Today and the New York Times . The more unusual folds and creases it has, the greater the risk. The study looked at 217 placentas from a... More »

Folic Acid May Cut Autism Spectrum Risk

Norway researchers review 85K children

(Newser) - Taking folic acid around the time of conception could significantly reduce the number of babies with an autism spectrum disorder, a study suggests. In a review of 85,000 children born in Norway between 1999 and 2009, researchers found that moms who didn't take a folic acid supplement were... More »

My Son Is the Next Adam Lanza

Liza Long: 'These boys—and their mothers—need help'

(Newser) - Liza Long's little boy is a high-IQ math whiz who likes Greek mythology and Einsteinian physics. But when she tells the 13-year-old to change his pants, he can fly into a murderous rage: “You’re a stupid bitch," cries the boy—let's call him Michael. "... More »

How the New DSM Took My Syndrome Away

Man mourns demise of Asperger's to 'autism spectrum disorder'

(Newser) - Joshua Muggleton isn't just at peace with his Asperger's syndrome, it's become a part of his identity, a source of pride. "When I meet a fellow Aspie, I feel a sense of fraternity," he writes in the Guardian . "This person, unlike the other 99%... More »

Autism Linked to Fever, Flu in Pregnant Women

Pregnant woman who suffered from either were at higher risk

(Newser) - A new study finds a link between illness during pregnancy and autism, but experts are already urging caution when interpreting the results. Danish researchers found that expecting mothers who suffered from the flu were twice as likely to have a child who developed an autism spectrum disorder, while those who... More »

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