Mother’s Antibodies May Explain a Quarter of Autism Cases

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Mother’s Antibodies May Explain a Quarter of Autism Cases
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Wed, 07-10-2013 - 4:46pm

A test for six antibodies in an expectant mom’s blood may predict with more than 99% certainty which children are at highest risk of developing autism.

In a study published in Translational Psychiatry, researchers report that 23% of all cases of autism may result from the presence of maternal antibodies that interfere with fetal brain development during pregnancy. The work builds on a 2008 study from the same scientists that first described the group of antibodies in mothers-to-be. The latest paper describes the specific antibodies and provides more detail on what they do.

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What do you think? I think this is indeed exciting news. And if they can block the antibody, that would be even better!

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It would be great if that's the case. It sort of fits in with some research that was done quite a while ago but a Dr that's now retired & no one has picked up on it. You are born with the Gene for Autism, then a tragic event causes the gene to express it's self. exposure to antibodies would be a "tragic event" for a babies body. In Nathan's case it was the mistake of a nurse midwife that started a long series of tragic events
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I agree, Cathy. I'm of the gene thought as well. I don't believe vaccines are the cause, other than they may have been an event for some. I have a friend with 3 kiddos, all three autistic. First one was vaccinated, second and third wasn't.

As a special needs mom myself, I know it would be great to have a blood test and a possible 'block' in place.

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