Tag Archives: PANDAS

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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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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Are common bacterial infections making children mentally ill?

“A feverish debate” – Excellent new article on PANDAS etc by Alison Motluck.

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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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PANDAS child trapped in Boston Children’s Hospital

Amazing story in the Boston Globe about what can happen if a child with PANDAS is put into the wrong hospital – one that does not agree with the PANDAS diagnosis. PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with … 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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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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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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Whipworm intestinal parasite also helpful in human trials of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and in diabetic mice – what about autism?

I was just contacted by Karin Hehenberger to join the Scientific Advisory Board of her company, Coronado Biosciences. This company is studying the effects of adminstering non-pathogenic whipworm ova (Trichuris suis; TSO) in a number of autoimmune diseases. They are … Continue reading

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