Tag Archives: mental-health

We have just published our first paper on extending the rodent model of maternal immune activation to monkeys. As repeat readers of this blog, and the accompanying book, well know, an important risk factor for both autism and schizophrenia is … Continue reading

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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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Important advance for major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is quite common and can be very disabling if not treated properly. However, fewer than 40% of patients achieve remission with their initial treatment. In the case of ineffective therapy, those patients often then experience months … Continue reading

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Positive sides to autism

In LA Times article, Temple Grandin sees the advantages that she and others with autism bring to society.

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Important message from the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

Thanks to ADResearchInitiative blog for the tip on this message. On another note, our family is off to E Africa for 3 weeks to give lectures (me, viruses and mental health; wife Carolyn, special education) in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. … Continue reading

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The President speaks at a mental health conference at the White House

This conference received virtually no press coverage at all.

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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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flu during pregnancy & bipolar in offspring

Readers of this book and blog are well aware that influenza infection during pregnancy increases the risk for schizophrenia and autism in the offspring. Now Alan Brown and colleagues at Columbia Univ expand that risk to bipolar disorder (BD). The … Continue reading

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