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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.

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Gen Silent Screening & Panel Discussion at Diversity Richmond

Tomorrow, Friday September 30th 2016, from 6:30-8:30pm, at Diversity Richmond (1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA), Diversity Richmond and CommonHealth Partners are holding a screening of the documentary film “Gen Silent,” followed by a panel discussion on the needs of LGBT elders and how our communities can support them.

“Gen Silent” (www.gensilent.com) is a documentary that follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in order to survive in the long-term health care system.

Free, open to the public. The venue is handicap accessible.