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More evidence of immune involvement in autism and schizophrenia, and implications for therapy

Given that many studies have provided evidence that infection in  pregnant women is associated with increased risk for autism and schizophrenia in the offspring, Alan Brown and his colleagues in Finland measured the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an established biomarker of … Continue reading

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PANDAS child trapped in Boston Children’s Hospital

Amazing story in the Boston Globe about what can happen if a child with PANDAS is put into the wrong hospital – one that does not agree with the PANDAS diagnosis. PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with … 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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Parasite treatment for multiple sclerosis and…

In chapter 7 of my book, and in my post of Dec 2, 2011, I noted how the hygiene hypothesis is used to explain the relatively recent, serious rise in auto-immune disorders. This is illustrated by the correlation between the … Continue reading

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Medical ecology, or doctors as wildlife managers

Very informative and fascinating article in the NYT this morning reviewing various aspects of research on the gut microbiome, virome, and fungome. Topics include the changes in vaginal bacteria during pregnancy, in breast milk, and in infants, as well as … Continue reading

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Early gut bacteria regulate happiness

The above title is taken from a press release that coincided with the new article from John Cryan’s group at University College Cork, Ireland. In this case, “happiness” refers to the “happy hormone”, serotonin. Presumably this notion comes from the … Continue reading

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New evidence of an immune role in schizophrenia

A paper in press from Beumer et al. in the Netherlands reports the presence of elevated levels of numerous cytokines and chemokines in the serum of schizophrenic subjects. The presence of these small proteins is characteristic of an inflammatory state. … Continue reading

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PANDAS definitely not extinct

I read Beth Maloney’s book, “Saving Sammy”, in one sitting. It is a beautifully written, riveting and inspiring story of her struggle to deal with her son’s sudden onset of obsessive compulsive behaviors, which eventually took over the life of … Continue reading

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