Tag Archives: stress

Stress sends immune cells into the brain

As discussed in my book, stress promotes inflammation and immune dysfunction, as well as anxiety. A new and very complete paper from John Sheridan and colleagues at Ohio State University provides evidence that stress also induces an influx of immune … 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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Bone marrow transplants in autism models

In an Oct 9 post, I cited a fascinating talk by Jonathan Kipnis that I heard at a meeting. His paper came out in March, showing that the autism-like behavioral abnormalities in a mouse model of Rett syndrome could be … 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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Maternal obesity and risk for autism in the offspring

A new paper from the MIND Institute and UC Davis links pre-pregnancy obesity (>198 lbs) and excessive weight gain during pregnancy (>40 lbs) with increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay in the offspring. In the population … Continue reading

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