April 14, 2015

8:08 AM | Immune signature in ME/CFS detected in cerebrospinal fluid
The research tag-team that is Mady Hornig and Ian Lipkin are fairly frequently mentioned on this blog. If it's not to do with their studies in autism research (see here for a recent mention) it is with their ground-breaking work looking at chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in mind (see here for example).Indeed their latest paper [1] extends some recent findings (see here) on immune involvement in relation to CFS/ME [2] with a focus on examinations in cerebrospinal […]

Hornig, M., Gottschalk, G., Peterson, D., Knox, K., Schultz, A., Eddy, M., Che, X. & Lipkin, W. (2015). Cytokine network analysis of cerebrospinal fluid in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, Molecular Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1038/mp.2015.29


April 07, 2015

6:45 AM | Candida albicans triggering coeliac disease?
Will the bafflement around coeliac (celiac) disease ever stop?I want you to cast your eye over the paper from Marion Corouge and colleagues [1] (open-access) and the interesting hypothesis that: "CI [Candida albicans infection] may trigger CeD [coeliac disease] onset in genetically-susceptible individuals."Continuing a theme of 'bafflement' when it comes to the autoimmune condition known as coeliac disease (see here), Corouge et al reported that a […]

Corouge M, Loridant S, Fradin C, Salleron J, Damiens S, Moragues MD, Souplet V, Jouault T, Robert R, Dubucquoi S & Sendid B (2015). Humoral Immunity Links Candida albicans Infection and Celiac Disease., PloS one, 10 (3) PMID:


March 20, 2015

10:56 PM | Life or Death?
Streptococcus pneumonia has been recognised as the major cause of pneumonia since the late 19th century. This bacterium also leads to the development of other infections such as, meningitis, bronchitis, septic arthritis and brain abscess. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Well, don’t worry; this bacterium is easily overcome by a good strong dose of antibiotics. Or, […]
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