Tag: immune system

September 2012
Opinion / Viewpoint

Premature ideas

by  /  7 September 2012

A New York Times opinion column on 25 August suggested that at least some cases of autism could be considered inflammatory disorders. But this theory is still in its infancy.

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August 2012
Opinion

Life’s blood

by  /  28 August 2012

The first approved stem cell trial for autism will soon be under way. Is there a rationale for testing stem cells to improve symptoms of the disorder?
 

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News

Bone marrow transplant curbs autism symptoms in mice

by  /  16 August 2012

An altered immune system can cause autism-like behaviors, suggests a study published 31 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that a bone marrow transplant, which restores the animals’ immune system, alleviates their anxiety and repetitive behavior.

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July 2012
News

Genetics: Study ties three immune genes to autism

by  /  25 July 2012

Common variants in three genes involved in the immune system are more likely to crop up in people with autism than in typical controls, according to a study published 9 June in Molecular Autism.

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News

Molecular mechanisms: Mock virus alters offspring’s brain

by  /  20 July 2012

Pregnant rats exposed to a virus give birth to offspring with significantly altered levels of three proteins important for brain development, according to a study published 9 June in Molecular Brain.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Maternal infection linked to anxiety

by  /  18 July 2012

Offspring born to pregnant rats with an activated immune system emit more distress calls when they receive electrical shocks than do controls, according to a study published 9 June in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

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June 2012
News

Clinical research: Fever during pregnancy linked to autism

by  /  26 June 2012

An untreated fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk that the child will develop autism, according to a study published 5 May in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Opinion

Microbial world

by  /  15 June 2012

New tools developed as part of the Human Microbiome Project could help researchers understand the role of microbes in autism.

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News

Molecular mechanisms: Microglia abnormal in autism brains

by  /  5 June 2012

Two new postmortem studies show that microglia, which protect the brain from invaders, are denser and more concentrated around neurons in the brains of individuals with autism than in those of controls.

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News

Immune cells sculpt brain by pruning neuronal connections

by  /  4 June 2012

Immune cells called microglia may play a central role in trimming synapses, the connections between neurons, according to research published 24 May in Neuron. These modifications are part of a normal developmental process by which excess synapses in the brain are destroyed.

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