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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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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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Nutritional supplement for rare form of autism?

A mutation in the gene for an enzyme (BCKDK) that blocks the breakdown of certain amino acids has been linked to a very rare form of autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability. Thus, these patients have abnormally low levels of these amino … 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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