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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.

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TEDx talk: Mind altering microbes

Our just graduated PhD student Elaine Hsiao recently gave a superb 5 minute talk at Caltech’s TEDx event on her work on gut-brain connections related to autism: Mind Altering Microbes. [click on that title to see the talk][click on the … 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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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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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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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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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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Parasite treatment for multiple sclerosis and…

In chapter 7 of my book, and in my post of Dec 2, 2011, I noted how the hygiene hypothesis is used to explain the relatively recent, serious rise in auto-immune disorders. This is illustrated by the correlation between the … Continue reading

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Medical ecology, or doctors as wildlife managers

Very informative and fascinating article in the NYT this morning reviewing various aspects of research on the gut microbiome, virome, and fungome. Topics include the changes in vaginal bacteria during pregnancy, in breast milk, and in infants, as well as … Continue reading

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Early gut bacteria regulate happiness

The above title is taken from a press release that coincided with the new article from John Cryan’s group at University College Cork, Ireland. In this case, “happiness” refers to the “happy hormone”, serotonin. Presumably this notion comes from the … Continue reading

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