Helminths at the Movies

Several years ago, I was interviewed by a then-graduate student at NYU’s film school.  Sharon Shattuck was studying documentary film making, and with her science background, had stumbled across and become interested in the concept of therapeutic helminths.  She took the train up from NY City, and we spent the afternoon together talking about helminths … More Helminths at the Movies

For Valentine’s Day: A Paper that I LOVED

“…the current generation is facing an epidemic of diseases associated with dysregulated inflammation…” says Dr. P’ng Loke and his colleague, Dr. Yvonne Lim, in an article[i] I just finished on the interactions of the microbiota and helminths.  This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite papers:  so many fantastic pieces of information in it! … More For Valentine’s Day: A Paper that I LOVED

More on the Helminth-Microbiota Connection

I just finished reading a pretty dense – but seriously interesting– paper[i] describing research on the interactions between the microbiota and multiple species of helminths in wild rodents. Their findings are fascinating. Firstly the researchers confirm that the presence of helminths in the gut is “linked with high microbial diversity, which may confer health benefits … More More on the Helminth-Microbiota Connection

The Macrobiome and the Microbiome: A Dynamic Duo

I stumbled across an article[i] yesterday morning on the gut-brain axis in autism, and its relationship to the gut microbiota.  It is an interesting review of our current scientific knowledge on this subject.  What jumped out at me most is the authors’ summation of potential therapeutics for autism spectrum disorders, targeting the microbiota-gut-brain axis:  probiotics, … More The Macrobiome and the Microbiome: A Dynamic Duo

Denying Patients Helminths and Fecal Transplant: The Ethical Argument…otherwise known as “Judy’s in a Mood”

Periodically, I get to feeling pretty angry about the lack of progress in helping those with autism. This time of year, approaching Alex’s birthday, is always particularly bad for me, especially as, just a few weeks later, I mark the anniversary of his diagnosis with autism.  This March it will be 21 years that I … More Denying Patients Helminths and Fecal Transplant: The Ethical Argument…otherwise known as “Judy’s in a Mood”