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May 24, 2015

Study Finds Autism-Mercury Link Through Elevated Antibodies to Critical Brain Proteins

A study published in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology found indicators of autoimmunity to critical brain proteins associated with mercury exposure in children with autism. The authors, Gehan Ahmed Mostafa and Laila Yousef AL-Ayadhi at the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University,  in Cairo, Egypt and the Autism Research and Treatment Center in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, respectively, hypothesize that mercury might play a causative role in some cases of autism through increased levels of antibodies to myelin basic protein, or MBP.

May 14, 2015

Make the Call Today—Ask Your Elected Officials to Attend Autism & Wandering Briefing on Capitol Hill on May 19

By Lisa Wiederlight, Executive Director, SafeMinds It’s a nightmare that most parents don’t want to consider.  They turn around, and their child is gone.  Research published in the journal Pediatrics has found that half of all children with autism engage in wandering or elopement behaviors, and many die alone without the ability to answer to […]

May 08, 2015

Worms and Germs: Why This University Researcher Believes that Understanding the Human Biome Can Help Our Kids

By Sallie Bernard, SafeMinds Co-Founder and President   William Parker, Ph.D., an immunologist and associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine, spends his time studying the effects of worms—yes, worms—on rats’ and humans’ immune systems. His worms aren’t the brown kind that live in your garden, but special worms called helminths that might help […]

April 30, 2015

Announcing Our New Executive Director: Lisa Wiederlight

Dear Friends of SafeMinds, I am delighted to share some exciting news with you today. We have a new executive director here at SafeMinds, Lisa Wiederlight. Lisa brings tremendous energy, commitment, and passion in the fight to end the autism epidemic by promoting environmental research and effective treatment, as well as a wealth of experience […]

ending another to my friend’s husband who stood between me and my raging son at an autism-friendly Broadway Play concession stand during intermission last week, letting Andrew dig his nails into his arm, before managing to calm Andrew down.”
April 21, 2015

The Unexpected Way This Mom is Giving Thanks

By Heidi Roger, SafeMinds Board Member I’m sending one to that guy behind the pizza counter. The one who helped Andrew after he was mistakenly left on the school bus by himself and somehow managed to pry the bus door open and cross Main Street without getting hit by a car. The pizza man could […]

April 08, 2015

SafeMinds Funded Research Discovers that Increased Biome Diversity Produces Healthier, Smarter Immune System Responses

Allergy and Autoimmunity Decreases, Without Compromising Immune Response: Conventional wisdom in modern medicine has assumed that a necessary consequence of blocking allergies and autoimmune reactions is immune system suppression, which in turn causes patients to be more vulnerable to other infections and cancers. A new study published today in PLOS ONE by Duke University researchers, and funded in part by the Coalition of SafeMinds, found that increasing biodiversity in the body via biome enrichment, known to decrease allergies and autoimmune reactions, is not immune suppressive. This discovery holds great promise to treat autoimmune diseases successfully without compromising appropriate immune responses.

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