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Research Examines Biology Behind Stuttering

Medicines being tested could soon be available for treatment

(Newser) - Holly Nover grew up trying to hide her stutter. "I was very self-conscious," said Nover, 40, of St. Johns, Florida. "So I developed habits to switch my words so it wouldn't be noticed." Her 10-year-old son Colton also has a speech impediment. More than 70...

Teen Helped by Biden Is Writing a Book
Teen With
Stutter to
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Teen With Stutter to Tell His Story

Brayden Harrington bonded with Joe Biden during the campaign

(Newser) - Brayden Harrington, the teenager whom President-elect Joe Biden befriended as a fellow stutterer—and who will be part of a primetime inaugural special—has a book coming out this summer, the AP reports. Brayden Harrington's picture story Brayden Speaks Up will be released Aug. 10, HarperCollins Children’s Books...

'Best' DNC Speech Belongs to a Surprise Speaker

13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who has a stutter, is winning universal praise for his remarks

(Newser) - One speech from Thursday night's Democratic National Convention is being called an example of "pure, unvarnished courage," a "must-watch," and even "the best speech" of the whole convention. No, those descriptors aren't for Joe Biden's speech (though he did receive applause across...

Sully Answers Lara Trump for Everyone Who Stutters
'Show Some
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Lara Trump

'Show Some Decency,' Sully Tells Lara Trump

President's daughter-in-law appeared to mock Biden for stuttering

(Newser) - When Chesley Sullenberger heard President Trump's daughter-in-law make fun of Joe Biden's stutter, it took him back to the pain and humiliation of his childhood in Denison, Texas. "I remember vividly the anguish of being called on in grade school, knowing that I was going to have...

Biden Fires Back After Sarah Sanders Mocks Stutter
Sarah Sanders Apologizes
After Mocking Biden Stutter

Sarah Sanders Apologizes After Mocking Biden Stutter

'I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about' she said

(Newser) - Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders clashed over health care in Thursday night's Democratic debate —but an exchange with another Sanders is getting a lot of attention. After Biden demonstrated a stutter while talking about helping children with who struggle with stutters, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders...

Man With Stutter: Starbucks Barista Told Me, 'OK, S-S-Sam'

Coffee mega-chain says it's investigating the incident

(Newser) - Starbucks insensitivity, round two? Seems that way after a Starbucks customer in West Philadelphia says a barista mocked his stutter last week by mimicking him, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "OK, S-S-Sam," the barista apparently told the 28-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate student, who identified himself only as Sam....

John Glenn Was a Hero to US, but His Hero Was His Wife

Annie Glenn suffered for years with stuttering disability until she overcame it

(Newser) - American lost a space pioneer this week with the death of ex-astronaut and Sen. John Glenn at age 95, but Annie Glenn, John's wife, lost a husband of 73 years. The Washington Post tells the story of what many saw as an "odd coupling": While John was gregarious...

Professor: I Didn't 'Silence' Stuttering Student

Student has accused her of discrimination

(Newser) - Elizabeth Snyder says she did nothing wrong by refusing to call on a stuttering student, calling herself the “victim of a character assassination.” Snyder, a professor at a New Jersey community college, tells the New York Times that she’s “gotten the most hateful, vile, vicious emails”...

Obama's Brain Too Fast for His Mouth

 Obama's Brain 
 Too Fast for 
 His Mouth 
meghan daum

Obama's Brain Too Fast for His Mouth

He has an 'intellectual stammer': Meghan Daum

(Newser) - President Obama's tendency to sputter a bit and drop in "uhs" during his speeches has some critics arguing that he's inarticulate. Not so, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . "It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the...

The King's Speech Has It Wrong: Stuttering Is Genetic, Says New Research
 Stuttering Is in the Genes 
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Stuttering Is in the Genes

It's physical, not psychological: researcher

(Newser) - Stuttering has long been considered a psychological issue, something born of anxiety or trauma—but new research suggests it’s in the genes, the Telegraph reports. “The brain actually looks different in people who stutter compared with those that don’t,” says a scientist. Certain gene variations often...

Stuttering Genes Found
 Stuttering Genes Found 

Stuttering Genes Found

Breakthrough could help at-risk children get earlier treatment

(Newser) - Scientists have long known that stuttering runs in families, and now they may have found out why: Researchers uncovered three gene mutations linked to the disrupted flow of speech, potentially solving a centuries-old mystery and moving closer to offering hope of new treatments for the 1% of adults who suffer...

Victims of Stuttering Study Get $1M Each

Orphans harassed in 1939 'Monster Study'

(Newser) - Five orphans who suffered months of harassment in a stuttering study have been awarded almost $1 million each, the BBC reports. Dubbed “The Monster Study,” it involved Iowa University researchers harassing children to make them develop speech impediments in 1939. None became stutterers, but they filed suit a...

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