Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sight and Sound Separation in Autism

Vanderbilt study reveals senses of sight and sound separated in children with autism http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/01/senses-of-sight-and-sound-separated-in-children-with-autism/ by Craig Boerner  Vanderbilt University Press Release Like watching a foreign movie that was badly dubbed, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous … Continue reading

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Epstein-Barr Virus , MS and Lupus

Autoimmunity and a Wily Virus: Is There a Link? http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/GeneralRheumatology/43797 A common viral infection and its subsequent immunologic machinations and manifestations may help explain why, in some individuals, the immune system turns against itself in the potentially devastating process of … Continue reading

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TAK-242 / TLR-4 – Neuroinflammation

Toll-like 4 receptor inhibitor TAK-242 decreases neuroinflammation in rat brain frontal cortex after stress http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/11/1/8/abstract The innate immune response is the first line of defence against invading microorganisms and it is also activated in different neurologic/neurodegenerative pathological scenarios. As a … Continue reading

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A Noisy Brain – Autism and Neurology

Information gain in the brain’s resting state: A new perspective on autism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399963 Abstract Along with the study of brain activity evoked by external stimuli, an increased interest in the research of background, “noisy” brain activity is fast developing in … Continue reading

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Adipokines in Autism – Inflammation

Changes in Adipokine Levels in Autism Spectrum Disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24401207 Abstract Background and Objective: The etiopathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is largely unknown, but it seems to involve dysfunction in several biological systems. Among many possible biological pathways, the immune … Continue reading

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Providing Opportunity – Summer Camp – Epilepsy and Autism

Epilepsy at a summer cAMP for children and young adults with developmental disabilities: a 3-year experience. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24402994 Abstract The comprehensive care of children with epilepsy involves not only the treatment of seizures but also enhancement of their quality of life. … Continue reading

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Co-Morbid Conditions of Epilepsy – Cognitive Dysfynction , Autism and Intellectual Disability

Epilepsy beyond seizure: A population-based study of comorbidities. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24405940 Abstract Comorbid conditions may affect the quality of life in persons with epilepsy (PWE) more than seizures. Using legally mandated healthcare encounter data, somatic, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental comorbidities in a large … Continue reading

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Psychotic Illness and Infection during Childhood and Adolescence

Hospital Admission With Infection During Childhood and Risk for Psychotic Illness–A Population-based Cohort Study. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24366719 Abstract A growing body of literature suggests that exposure to infections, particularly maternal infections, during pregnancy confers risk for later development of psychotic disorder. Though … Continue reading

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Parental Age and Autism – Sweden

Parental age and the risk of autism spectrum disorders: findings from a Swedish population-based cohort. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24408971 The objectives of this study were to examine the independent and dependent associations of maternal and paternal age and risk of offspring autism spectrum … Continue reading

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Ketamine boosts Serotonin – Autism

Ketamine acts as antidepressant by boosting serotonin http://www.riken.jp/en/pr/press/2014/20140108_1/ PET molecular imaging of macaque brain reveals that ketamine may act as an antidepressant by boosting serotonin activity in brain areas involved in motivation. Ketamine is a potent anesthetic employed in human … Continue reading

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