Mother's Immune System Might Play Role in Certain Cases of Autism

'Auto-antibodies' in maternal blood appear tied to particular form of the condition, studies find

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In related research involving monkeys, another team at the UC Davis MIND Institute also found that specific antibodies in a mothers' blood cause brain changes in offspring that cause behavior and development problems.

According to Halladay, "these findings further demonstrate that disruptions of normal immune system functioning in pregnancy can lead to a disruption of brain development and in some cases, a diagnosis of autism."

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

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