Daily Archives: April 14, 2013

C-reactive protein in Schizophrenia and Autism

C-Reactive Protein Levels in Schizophrenia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23428789 Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia Abstract Schizophrenia is associated with increased inflammation, including abnormal blood levels of the acute phase reactant C-reactive protein (CRP). We performed a meta-analysis of … Continue reading

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Immune System Pathways and Schizophrenia – Gene Expression Profiling

Gene expression profiling in treatment-naive schizophrenia patients identifies abnormalities in biological pathways involving AKT1 that are corrected by antipsychotic medication. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23442539 University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Abstract Distinct gene expression profiles can be detected in peripheral blood mononuclear … Continue reading

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The Immune System, Inflammation – Schizophrenia

Oligodendroglial Alterations and the Role of Microglia in White Matter Injury: Relevance to Schizophrenia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23446060 Center for Neuroscience Research, Children’s Research Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington D.C., USA. Abstract Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating mental illness characterized by … Continue reading

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Psychosis and Inflammation

Does systemic inflammation play a role in pediatric psychosis? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23491967 Abstract Context: Human and animal studies have suggested an underlying inflammatory mechanism for a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. To date, most available reports focused on adult patients. Objective: … Continue reading

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Smoking – Pregnancy, Autism, Asperger’s and PDD

Smoking during Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Finnish National Birth Cohort. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23574415 Abstract BACKGROUND: Results of previous population-based studies examining associations between smoking during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are contradictory. Furthermore, there is a … Continue reading

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Gut – Brain Axis in Autism

The neurotoxic effect of clindamycin – induced gut bacterial imbalance and orally administered propionic acid on DNA damage assessed by the comet assay: protective potency of carnosine and carnitine http://www.gutpathogens.com/content/5/1/9/abstract Background Comet assay is a quick method for assessing DNA … Continue reading

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