I know I should probably save it for the Freakout, but I couldn't resist.
A new NHS study of autism in adults finds that they're just as autistic as all the kids these days. In other words, the supposed spike in autism linked to the MMR vaccine, which Dr Andrew Wakefield supposedly discovered in 1998--and which turned out to be based on fabricated and distorted data--doesn't exist.
The BBC reports that like the kiddies, around 1% of adults from the pre-MMR era have autism spectrum disorders, and that the disproportionate percentages for men [1.8%] and women [0.2%] are "in line with studies among child populations which show higher rates amongst boys."
Which would mean the supposed rise in children's ASD cases is actually a historic deficiency in diagnosing and treating adult ASD. But don't worry, the drop in vaccination rates and the heightened risk of contracting debilitating cases of measles, mumps, and rubella means the kids are still special for something.