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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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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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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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Clinical trial of stem cell therapy in autism

Last week the FDA approved a trial testing the efficacy of autologous stem cells in ameliorating language deficits and improving behavior in autistic children 2-7 years old. The good:¬†This will be a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover study. This is the … Continue reading

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Promising news from International Rett Syndrome Foundation

The IRSF International Rett Syndrome Foundation <irsflash@rettsyndrome.org>¬†announced today that it is funding a Phase 2b placebo-controlled, cross-over study of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) in a larger group of Rett syndrome patients. This decision indicates that the Phase 1 trial showed … Continue reading

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New tests of DSM-V criteria for autism & related disorders

I wrote here previously about controversies surrounding the new diagnostic criteria proposed for ASD. Perhaps the most problematic change going from the criteria in DSM-IV to DSM-V is lumping Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS into the autism category. Some folks with … 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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