Tag Archives: autoimmune disease

Stem cell therapy for autism – first clinical trial

A paper just out from the Shenzen Beike Cell Engineering Research Institute in Guangdong, China presents the first results of a proof-of-concept, safety trial of stem cell (SC) injections in 37 autistic children. The justification for this intervention is primarily … Continue reading

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Are common bacterial infections making children mentally ill?

“A feverish debate” – Excellent new article on PANDAS etc by Alison Motluck.

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Dietary salt, inflammation and mental illness?

In the past few decades there has been a marked increase in autoimmune disease. This has been correlated with the increased population of the Western diet and processed foods. The latter contain far more salt than homemade foods. Now, two … Continue reading

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TEDx talk: Mind altering microbes

Our just graduated PhD student Elaine Hsiao recently gave a superb 5 minute talk at Caltech’s TEDx event on her work on gut-brain connections related to autism: Mind Altering Microbes. [click on that title to see the talk][click on the … 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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We’re in the top 10, as well as the top 12!

Congrats to Elaine Hsiao our super-productive graduate student who passed her exam to get her PhD at the end of 2012. Her paper,¬†“Modeling an autism risk factor in mice leads to permanent immune dysregulation”, was just named one of the … Continue reading

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Advances presented at the recent Society for Neuroscience meeting

After 5 intensive days at the annual meeting held this year in New Orleans, things are just getting back to normal around here. Among the >28,000 participants, there were several presentations that particularly caught my eye in the areas of … Continue reading

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Toxo infection increases risk for suicide

At the PANDAS meeting last week in Irvine, my Swedish publisher, Gunilla Gerland of Pauvus Utbildning, told me about 2 new articles on Toxoplasma gondii infection, which are of interest in light of the discussion in Chap. 5 of my … Continue reading

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Annotations posted for the important NYT article

Moises Velasquez-Manoff, the author of last Sunday’s NYT article on immune-autism connections has just posted a list of references that he used to put the article together. I think he does a good job in citing relevant work. Of course, … 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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