Autism As An Autoimmune Problem: Will There Soon Be A Test? | CommonHealth | WBUR
It’s not clear why the mothers have these protein antibodies, or how long they’ve had them, said Judy Van de Water, a professor of internal medicine at UC Davis, who helped lead both studies. In autoimmune diseases, antibodies turn against the body itself – or in this case, the body growing inside the mother’s belly. Researchers believe they’ve identified a subset of autism – perhaps accounting for as many as 23 percent of people on the spectrum – that they’re calling maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism.