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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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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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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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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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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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