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Our new paper due out in Dec 5 CELL

This is the paper showing probiotic therapy works in the mouse model of an autism risk factor. Advertisements

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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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Stress sends immune cells into the brain

As discussed in my book, stress promotes inflammation and immune dysfunction, as well as anxiety. A new and very complete paper from John Sheridan and colleagues at Ohio State University provides evidence that stress also induces an influx of immune … Continue reading

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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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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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My new favorite drug?

I’ve written here before that the cholesterol-lowering medications, the statins, have positive effects on a variety of brain diseases and injuries in a variety of animal models (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke), with relatively few side effects. The thought is that they … Continue reading

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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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