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flu during pregnancy & bipolar in offspring

Readers of this book and blog are well aware that influenza infection during pregnancy increases the risk for schizophrenia and autism in the offspring. Now Alan Brown and colleagues at Columbia Univ expand that risk to bipolar disorder (BD). The … Continue reading

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Placentas and autism

Several people have inquired about a new paper tying abnormalities in the placenta with an autism outcome in the offspring. This work involved a collaboration between Cheryl Walker and colleagues at UC Davis and Harvey Kliman at Yale in which … Continue reading

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Another top 10 list for 2012

Elaine Hsiao’s paper also made the top 10 list of “Notable papers of 2012” from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. Her paper was coupled with the one from Derecki et al., who also reported on the efficacy of bone … Continue reading

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“Infectious Behavior” blog – 2012 in review

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

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Why wasn’t major depressive disorder eliminated during evolution?

My posts have overwhelmingly focused on autism and schizophrenia, but my book also covers links between immune factors and major depressive disorder (MDD). However, an email from science writer Virginia Hughes stimulates me to write about MDD here. Ginny reminded … Continue reading

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Live chat on Autism Speaks Facebook Tue, 8/29

I’ll be answering questions and discussing the NYT article on immune involvement in autism tomorrow, 8/29, 3pm EDT: https://www.facebook.com/autismspeaks?ref=stream&sk=app_226961267321617 So it turned out than an hour was no where near long enough to answer all the questions. Therefore, I’ll attempt to … Continue reading

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Cluster analysis of symptoms identifies a very significant “immune group” in autism patients

The heterogeneity of symptoms among patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a major problem for researchers working on the etiology and pathology of the disorder. This diversity also poses a significant hurdle in evaluating the efficacy of potential therapies. Various … Continue reading

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Blocking flu infection very effectively

Asdresearchinitiative alerts us to a new paper that shows how to block and even prevent the effects of flu infection by inhaling a peptide termed EP67. When given 1 day before, or 1 day after, or at the same time … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in epidemiology of bipolar disorder

Far less is known about the environmental and genetic risk factors for bipolar disorder (BPD) than for schizophrenia (Sz). However, at the recent meeting of the Sz International Research Society in Florence, Alan Brown of Columbia Univ presented data from … Continue reading

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The latest on the doomsday virus

Today’s NYT editorial updates us on the current status on the impending publication of two papers describing mutations in the flu virus that make it lethal in mammals (ferrets). The authors of these papers, as well as a variety of other … Continue reading

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