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Tag: immune system

May 2012

Clinical research: Autism accompanied by many conditions

by  /  29 May 2012

Health records of more than 14,000 people with autism show that they are more likely than the general population to suffer from a number of conditions, including immune disorders and gut problems. The results, published 12 April in PLoS One, suggest that doctors should carefully monitor their overall health.  

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Blood biomarkers can help diagnose schizophrenia

by  /  2 May 2012

A biological signature in the blood could be used to aid the early diagnosis of schizophrenia, according to a study published 12 April in Molecular Psychiatry. The results suggest that various circulating immune molecules and metabolites reflect the biological changes that underlie neurological disorders.

April 2012

Clinical research: Study suggests four autism subgroups

by  /  25 April 2012

Individuals with autism may belong to one of four groups with discrete sets of symptoms, the most distinct of which includes immune system abnormalities accompanied by sleep problems and sensory sensitivity. The results were published in the April issue of Autism Research.


Clinical research: Gestation period affects autism symptoms

by  /  6 April 2012

Both premature and post-term babies develop more severe symptoms of autism than those born close to their due dates, according to a study published 16 March in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

March 2012

Genetics: Autism risk higher in full than in half siblings

by  /  23 March 2012

Full siblings are twice as likely as half siblings to share a diagnosis of autism, according to a short report published 28 February in Molecular Psychiatry. The results suggest that genetic factors play an important role in the risk of developing autism, the researchers say.


Molecular mechanisms: Maternal infection linked to autism

by  /  21 March 2012

Molecules generated by an immune reaction in pregnant rats affect the brains of their offspring, leading to changes in gene expression, according to a study published 30 January in Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

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Bone marrow transplant alleviates Rett symptoms in mice

by  /  19 March 2012

A bone marrow transplant from healthy mice to those lacking the MeCP2 protein, which causes Rett syndrome, extends lifespan and alleviates symptoms of the disorder, according to research published online 18 March in Nature.


Clinical research: Gut bacteria prevalent in autism

by  /  9 March 2012

A certain type of bacteria is prevalent in the intestines of children who have both autism and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms but absent in controls, according to a study published 10 January in mBio.

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Genetics: Maternal and paternal age increase risk of autism

by  /  6 March 2012

The odds of having a child with autism begin to rise at age 35 for both men and women, but that risk does not increase further when both parents are over 35, according to a large study published in the March issue of Annals of Epidemiology.

February 2012
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Maternal anti-brain antibodies may play a role in autism

by , ,  /  21 February 2012

Maternal antibodies that attack fetal brain proteins could underlie some cases of autism, says immunologist Betty Diamond.