Category Archives: Virus

Startling Discovery – Immune System Affects and may Control Social Behavior

Shocking New Role Found for the Immune System: Controlling Social Interactions https://news.virginia.edu In a startling discovery that raises fundamental questions about human behavior, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the immune system directly affects … Continue reading

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Environmental Enrichment as a Treatment for Early Life Inflammation

Environmental enrichment rescues the effects of early life inflammation on markers of synaptic transmission and plasticity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27002704  Abstract Environmental enrichment (EE) has been successful at rescuing the brain from a variety of early-life psychogenic stressors. However, its ability to reverse … Continue reading

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Microglia, Inflammation, the Immune System, Cerebral Palsy and Autism

Microglial migration and interactions with dendrimer nanoparticles are altered in the presence of neuroinflammation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27004516  Abstract BACKGROUND: Microglial cells have been implicated in neuroinflammation-mediated injury in the brain, including neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy (CP) and autism. Pro-inflammatory activation … Continue reading

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Breakthrough – Autism, Immune Cells and Pruning

The Brain’s Gardeners: Immune Cells ‘Prune’ Connections Between Neurons https://www.urmc.rochester.edu A new study out today in the journal Nature Communications shows that cells normally associated with protecting the brain from infection and injury also play an important role in rewiring … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Inflammation and Autism

How severe maternal inflammation can lead to autism-like behavior http://news.mit.edu/2016/maternal-inflammation-autism-behavior-0128 Immune molecules in infected mothers tied to brain and behavior abnormalities in offspring.   Anne Trafton | MIT News Office January 28, 2016   In 2010, a large study in … Continue reading

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Autism – Significant Increased Prevalence

Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26218138 The objective of this study was to measure the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) among patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which has not been well described … Continue reading

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Infant Antibiotics – Infectious Diseases, Allergies , Autoimmune Diseases.

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases http://discover.umn.edu/news/science-technology/infant-antibiotic-use-linked-adult-diseases New study may lead to recommendations for antibiotic usage and a clinical test for measuring gut microbe development in children  A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has … Continue reading

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Autism and Epilepsy – Vagus Nerve Stimulation as Treatment

Autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and vagus nerve stimulation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25922052 Abstract PURPOSE: In individuals with a comorbid autistic spectrum disorder and medically refractory epilepsy, vagus nerve stimulation may offer the potential of seizure control and a positive behavioral side effect profile. … Continue reading

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Prenatal Infection , Autism and Treatment Options

Long-term pathological consequences of prenatal infection: Beyond brain disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25924881 Abstract Immune-related prenatal adversities such as maternal infection have been widely acknowledged to contribute to an increased risk of neurodevelopmental brain disorders. In recent years, epidemiological and experimental evidence has … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia – The Dual Hit Model

Neurodevelopmental Animal Models Reveal the Convergent Role of Neurotransmitter Systems, Inflammation, and Oxidative Stress as Biomarkers of Schizophrenia: Implications for Novel Drug Development. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25794269 Abstract Schizophrenia is a life altering disease with a complex etiology and pathophysiology, and although antipsychotics … Continue reading

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