Tag Archives: OCD

Of PANDAS and rats

In a post on 4/6/12, I reviewed a paper by Zhang et al. that provided evidence that anti-streptococcus antibodies can penetrate into the brain and possibly excite neurons in areas relevant for behaviors relevant for PANDAS and OCD. The authors … Continue reading

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Social networks in the news

Forget the Facebook IPO – check out the cover story in the June issue of Scientific American – “The ultimate social network – researchers who study the friendly bacteria that live inside all of us are starting to sort out … Continue reading

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Autism mtg Tomorrow; Pandas mtg in Sept

At least for those of you who live in SoCal, there are 2 mtgs of interest to the public coming up: Sat, May 5, 1-2;30pm, Calif Sci Center, next to the Natural History Museum and the Coliseum Autism: An Epidemic … Continue reading

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Of Mice and PANDAS

There is evidence from studies of PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders) and possibly also Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and Syndenham’s chorea, that streptococcus infection can lead to repetitive/stereotyped behaviors and tics. The fact that treatment with strong antibiotics or … Continue reading

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PANDAS definitely not extinct

I read Beth Maloney’s book, “Saving Sammy”, in one sitting. It is a beautifully written, riveting and inspiring story of her struggle to deal with her son’s sudden onset of obsessive compulsive behaviors, which eventually took over the life of … Continue reading

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