Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pre-eclampsia Test – Autism implications

New Test May Uncover Deadly Hypertension in Pregnancy Novel biomarker diagnostic test could revolutionize the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia, a complex condition that can be fatal if undiagnosed during pregnancy http://engineering.ucsb.edu/news/663 Collaborators at Cottage Health System and UC Santa Barbara’s College … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Exercise study Halted – NYT

Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/health/in-study-weight-loss-did-not-prevent-heart-attacks-in-diabetics.html?hp&_r=0 “A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of … Continue reading

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Smoking and Infections – Perinatal and Prenatal Risk Factors in Autism

Narrowly Versus Broadly Defined Autism Spectrum Disorders: Differences in Pre- and Perinatal Risk Factors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23076505 Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University Center The Netherlands Abstract This study examined the differential contribution of pre- and perinatal risks in narrowly versus broadly … Continue reading

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Genes, Immunity and Poverty : The Relationship

Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/10/18/genes-and-immune-system-shaped-by-childhood-poverty-stress/ A University of British Columbia and Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) study has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and … Continue reading

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Optogenetics – Video

Video: Playing with light to manipulate the brain * Good follow up to previous posts on Optogenetics. https://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/conference-news/2012/society-for-neuroscience-2012/video-playing-with-light-to-manipulate-the-brain Observing the effect of genes on behavior used to be limited to one long and irreversible step. Researchers would painstakingly create a … Continue reading

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Probiotics and Autism Breakthrough in Treatment ?

Probiotic curbs autism features in mouse model http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/conference-news/2012/society-for-neuroscience-2012/probiotic-curbs-autism-features-in-mouse-model Treatment with a single bacterial species curbs anxiety and repetitive behaviors and boosts vocalizations in a mouse model of autism, according to a poster presented Monday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience … Continue reading

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Creativitiy , Autism and Mental Health Issues

Mental illness, suicide and creativity: 40-Year prospective total population study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23063328 Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, Sweden. Abstract We previously demonstrated that patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and their relatives are overrepresented in creative occupations. … Continue reading

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Immune Cells and Autism

Myeloid dendritic cells frequencies are increased in children with autism spectrum disorder and associated with amygdala volume and repetitive behaviors. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23063420 Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Davis, USA Abstract The pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) … Continue reading

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Asperger’s and Schizophrenia

The relationship between Asperger’s syndrome and schizophrenia in adolescence. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23065028 Eteva the Joint Municipal Authority for Disability Services, Kokontie 18, 04200, Kerava, Finland. Asperger’s syndrome (AS), a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), has nowadays been widely advocated in media. Therefore, psychiatrists … Continue reading

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Fragile X – anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10

Carriers of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) premutation allele present with increased levels of cytokine IL-10 http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/9/1/238/abstract Abstract (provisional) Background Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is an inherited late-onset neurodegenerative disorder, characterized both by neurological and cognitive deficits. … Continue reading

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