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Viruses May Cause Childhood Diabetes. Can they Cause Autism?

Posted Mar 09 2009 12:00am

Diabetes link By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

There’s an old joke about a man who goes to see a psychiatrist for his problems.  The psychiatrist shows him a number of inkblots and every time the man claims to see women in various states of undress.  Finally, the psychiatrist makes his diagnosis.  “You’re obsessed with sex!”  he tells the man.

The man throws up his hands and says, “Doc, you’re the one showing me all the dirty pictures!”

I feel a bit like that patient every time I read about viruses causing unsuspected illnesses.  But these two recent studies are truly shocking.  Having had a mother who suffered from severe diabetes for 25 years and eventually ended up dying of the disease I can only imagine the pain parents have in dealing with children who have the disease.

An article entitled “Study of Human Pancreas Links Virus to Cause of Type 1 Diabetes” (Science Daily, March 6, 2009) recounts a recent study carried out by researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in England, the University of Brighton, the Department of Pathology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  The study will be published shortly in the European diabetes journal Diabetologia which can be found at Diabetologia Journal HERE.

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