Tag Archives: IL-6

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 favorite drug & maternal inflammation risk for autism

Alan Brown, an epidemiologist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, has provided critical evidence establishing maternal infection as a risk factor for schizophrenia in the offspring. He has now turned his attention to autism. In a paper published … 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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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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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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Inflammation and heart attack – implications for autism?

Interesting post from asdresearchinitiative.

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Anti-inflammatory treatments for autism

With the publication of our new paper (see the prior post), folks have asked, since bone marrow transplant (BMT) ameliorates several of the autism-like behaviors in our mouse model of maternal infection, are we saying that such transplants should be … Continue reading

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