Tag Archives: maternal infection

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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Our “strangest discovery”

The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Tom Insel, comments on relevant research advances periodically, and on Aug 24 he had this to say, “The strangest discovery of the summer may be the report of bone marrow transplants … Continue reading

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The placenta and autism risk, and our genius collaborator

Elaine Hsiao and I just published an invited note on the SFARI (Simons Foundation autism Research Initiative) site regarding the role of the placenta in autism. The title they place on the article, “Placenta plays potent role in autism risk”, is … 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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Gastrointestinal and microbiome changes in autism?

Tony Persico and V. Napolioni have just published a review article centered around their finding that a particular molecule, p-cresol, is excreted (found in the urine) at higher levels in autistic kids than in controls. I described their initial finding … Continue reading

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New review of our books

Excerpt from review of my book and the one with Alan Brown, “Origins of Schizophrenia”, by Dolores Malaspina, a Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, just published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (169:998, September … 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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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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Huge interest in NYT article: “An immune disorder at the root of autism”

Wow, amazing interest in the article by Moises Velasquez-Manoff in yesterday’s Sunday NYT (link to it is found on my Facebook page). The title is provocative and the style is very flashy and not at all scholarly or scientific. He does … Continue reading

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