Monthly Archives: June 2013

Air Pollution, Pregnancy and Autism – Harvard

Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk of having child with autism http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130618101734.htm Boston, MA — Women in the U.S. exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have … Continue reading

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Leaky Gut, Gluten and Autism Research – Columbia

Elevated Gluten Antibodies Found in Children with Autism http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/2013/06/20/elevated-gluten-antibodies-found-in-children-with-autism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elevated-gluten-antibodies-found-in-children-with-autism NEW YORK—Researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies … Continue reading

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Serum Level of MDC and Autism

Elevated serum levels of macrophage-derived chemokine and thymus and activation-regulated chemokine in autistic children. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23782855 BACKGROUND: In some autistic children, there is an imbalance of T helper (Th)1/Th2 lymphocytes toward Th2, which may be responsible for the induction of the … Continue reading

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Bacteria, Inflammation and Schizophrenia

Discordant patterns of bacterial translocation markers and implications for innate immune imbalances in schizophrenia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23746484 Abstract The origin of inflammation in psychiatric disorders is not well understood. The translocation of commensal microbiota across the gastrointestinal barrier can result in a … Continue reading

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C-reactive protein in Eczema

Influence of maternal and cord blood C-reactive protein on childhood respiratory symptoms and eczema. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23773138 Abstract BACKGROUND: Inflammatory processes during pregnancy might affect fetal lung development and immune responses. We examined the associations of maternal and cord blood C-reactive protein … Continue reading

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Scanning the Brain for Emotions – Implications for Autism.

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Emotions Based on Brain Activity http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2013/june/june19_identifyingemotions.html New Study Extends “Mind Reading” Research to Feelings by Applying Machine Learning Techniques to fMRI Data PITTSBURGH—For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have identified which … Continue reading

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Canadian Autism Prevalence

The changing prevalence of autism in three regions of Canada. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23771514 Abstract In 2002/2003, the National Epidemiologic Database for the Study of Autism in Canada started capturing information on children diagnosed with autism in different regions of the country. Based … Continue reading

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Autism and ADHD – The Genetic Overlap

The genetic overlap of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic spectrum disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23776346 Abstract Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are classified as distinct disorders within the DSM-IV-TR (1994). The manual excludes simultaneous use of both … Continue reading

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Histamine treatment and Schizophrenia

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Histamine 2 Receptor Antagonism in Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23764683 Abstract Histamine has important functions as regulator of several other key neurotransmitters. Patients with schizophrenia have lower histamine H1 receptor levels. Since a case report in 1990 … Continue reading

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Eczema and the Intestinal Microbiota

Microarray analysis reveals marked intestinal microbiota aberrancy in infants having eczema compared to healthy children in at-risk for atopic disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23339708 Abstract BACKGROUND: Deviations in composition and diversity of intestinal microbiota in infancy have been associated with both the development … Continue reading

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