Tag: immune system

November 2016
News

Placenta may hold clues to sex bias in autism

by  /  16 November 2016

Infecting pregnant rats with group B streptococcus triggers inflammation in the fetal side of the placenta, but only in male fetuses.

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October 2016
News / Toolbox

Chemical cocktail creates microglia on demand

by  /  14 October 2016

A new method transforms lab-made stem cells into microglia, the brain’s immune cells.

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MIND Institute
Features / Deep Dive

The builders: How parents shaped autism research

by  /  5 October 2016

A group of savvy parents jump-started autism research in California, but they also set the research agenda.

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September 2016
Features / Deep Dive

The innovators: How families launch their own autism studies

by  /  28 September 2016

Some parents are starting ‘N-of-1’ studies for autism, but their efforts don’t always get taken seriously.

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Opinion

Pregnant women’s immune response could lead to brain disorders in her children

by ,  /  1 September 2016

Maternal immune activation — caused by infection or even psychological stress during pregnancy — is a strong risk factor for neurological conditions such as autism.

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August 2016
News

Type, timing of maternal infection influence autism link

by  /  25 August 2016

Only a small fraction of women who battle infections during pregnancy have children with autism, suggesting that some infections are riskier than others.

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Opinion / Q&A

Questions for McCarroll, Stevens: How immune cells sculpt brains

by  /  2 August 2016

Genetic variants that impair a pathway that prunes neuronal connections may offer clues to autism.

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July 2016
Opinion / Reviews

Going gluten-free unlikely to help most people with autism

by ,  /  26 July 2016

The presence of antibodies against a wheat protein may indicate that a child with autism would benefit from a gluten-free diet — but little data support this theory.

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News

Study links immune, metabolic theories of autism

by  /  20 July 2016

Rare antibodies associated with autism are unusually common among women who developed diabetes while pregnant with a child who has autism.

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News

Key molecule may tie immune response to social behavior

by  /  13 July 2016

Molecules that protect the body from infection may be needed for mice to socialize with their peers, a finding that bolsters the link between the immune system and autism.

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