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Herpes virus may be a trigger for autism There are a number of known viral antibodies that are known to damage a fetus…

Herpes virus may be a trigger for autismThere are a number of known viral antibodies that are known to damage a fetus including Cytomegalovirus, Toxoplasma gondii, rubella, HSV-1, and HSV-2. Only HSV-2 was discussed to be correlated to the development of ASD and we do not know why the other antibodies did not induce similar effects. This however, is only a correlation, not causation as being an HSV-2 carrier is not determinate of the child developing ASD.“In the new paper, the researchers posit that a subgroup of women is genetically predisposed to develop intense immune responses to certain disease-causing organisms—like HSV-2—and that the inflammatory molecules and antibodies generated by the mother’s vigorous immune response cross the placenta and damage the fetal brain.”Unlike studies that suggest vaccines cause autism (coughcough Wakefield 1997) this article suggests that the new study examined the cause of the ASD development to be en utero and not post natal. 

New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery — ScienceDaily

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Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a guideline. It is the first evidence-based guideline that systematically reviewed all evidence for such an evaluation.

New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery — ScienceDaily