Autism & Immune Irregularities

I’d like to update readers on some of the latest research that I have been reading. 

A new California Institute of Technology study suggests that specific changes in an overactive immune system can indeed contribute to autism-like behaviors in mice and that, in some cases, this activation can be related to what a developing fetus experiences in the womb.  Utilizing a mouse model based on an environmental risk factor for autism, scientists found that the immune system of the mother is a key factor in the eventual abnormal behaviors in the offspring.   In the future, researchers plan to examine the effects of targeted anti-inflammatory treatments on mice that display autism-related behaviors and immune changes.  However, it is important to remember that studies with humans may not yield the same results.

Read more about the study here.

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