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Austin children generally do not respond or communicate. But while their behavior is suppressed, their immune systems are stimulated, according to Robert Moulias and his colleagues at the Faculte de Medecine Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris.

They determined the levels of antibody production and white blood cell function in 16 autistic children who were periodically admitted to psychiatric hospitals and 20 nonautisitc children hospitalized for non-immune-related conditions, and compared these with laboratory standards for healthy children. The autistic children's immune response, the researchers found, surpassed the standard level, while the hospitalized children's values were lowest.

This result, says Moulias, "was quite a surprise. We expected the reverse because frequently hospitalized children generally a lower immune response."

Moulias suggests two possible explanations for the data: The neurotransmitter disturbances of autism may somehow throw off the immune system, or the immune system disturbance they saw could be a factor in causing autism.
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Author:Silberner, Joanne
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Date:Jul 26, 1986
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