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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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“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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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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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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Ever more immune links with schizophrenia

Last year, Brian Miller and colleagues at the Georgia Health Sciences University reported a meta-analysis of cytokine alterations in the serum of schizophrenia (Sz) subjects. This type of study synthesizes findings from many papers in the literature, in this case … 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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Gut check in schizophrenia

I’ve written here several times, and in my book, about gastrointestinal links to autism, but there is also a literature on GI issues in schizophrenia. The newest paper, from the group of Bob Yolken, Faith Dickerson and colleagues at Johns … Continue reading

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