Gastrointestinal observations in the valproate mouse model of autism

The recent revelation that offspring of a maternal immune activated (MIA) mouse model of autism, or at least mouse presentation of behaviours judged similar to those observed in cases of autism, might also present with gastrointestinal effects has certainly caught the imagination. Describing how the so-called leaky gut might be associated with those trillions of […]

Systemic autoantibodies in children with autism

“The seropositivity of anti-ds-DNA and/or ANA in autistic children was 42%”. That was the result from the study by Gehan Mostafa and colleagues* based in Cairo, Egypt. Examining blood samples from 100 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with samples from 100 asymptomatic control participants, researchers were specifically looking for the presence […]