AE Alliance Blog

The AE Alliance blog endeavors to educate, inspire hope and build a community among patients, families and caregivers. This blog is written for families, patients, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about autoimmune encephalitis.

Unexpected Career Interruption – You Can Come Back Stronger from Autoimmune Encephalitis

Many thanks to Will Earnhart for sharing his inspiring story reprinted below, which first appeared in the September 2017 Alaska Bar Association quarterly newspaper. As attorneys, many of us have type “A” personalities; always striving to be successful in our careers.  We never take a step back for fear of stopping the momentum.  Almost all …

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Neurology conference includes special meeting on autoimmune neurology

Well-known pioneer in the field of autoimmune encephalitis, Josep Dalmau, reported that interest in the emerging field of autoimmune neurology has increased enough to warrant its first focused section meeting at the annual American Academy of Neurology conference this year. He stated that ongoing studies are providing new information on the pathologic mechanisms of action …

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Blood-brain barrier studies may lead to breakthrough in AE

We are encouraged that researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in NY, NY recently published a review article, bringing together many facets of research on how antibodies and other types of immune cells are able to cross the blood-brain barrier and gain access to the brain, causing autoimmune encephalitis. They stated that these routes of …

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Spanish language translation of earlier Sept. 13, post –HLN, CNN y NY Post producen historias sobre tres damas con encefalitis autoinmune

Tenga en cuenta: usamos Google translate para la traducción de este blog, originalmente en el sitio web de la Alianza de Encefalitis Autoinmune. Nos disculpamos si hay algún error. Los espectadores de todo el país vieron el domingo, 27 de agosto, cuando tres damas (sobrevivientes) y sus familias compartieron historias de sus tumultuosas experiencias con …

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AEA co-sponsors physician education events in Los Angeles, CA

AEA was honored to co-host two educational events in June, featuring one of the world’s foremost experts on autoimmune encephalitis, Dr. Sean Pittock. The events, including a dinner presentation and Grand Rounds, where held on June 12 and 13, in Los Angeles, California, and were co-sponsored by AEA, the Keck School of Medicine of University …

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HLN, CNN, and NY Post produce stories on three ladies with autoimmune encephalitis

Viewers nationwide watched on Sunday, August 27, as three ladies (survivors!) and their families shared stories of their tumultuous experiences with AE on the new HLN series “Something’s Killing Me.”  On Monday,  August 28, CNN followed the program with a feature story on  the disease . The rapid descent into illness that often occurs and the amazing …

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“The Healthy Mind Cookbook” by Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz, a nationally known nutritionist, chef, and speaker has published “The Healthy Mind Cookbook.” Rebecca has collected numerous accolades, including having worked with the nation’s top wellness experts, as well as being featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, the Oprah Show, and NPR. She has sorted through the large and growing volume of …

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Zebras named Henry and Hadley with autoimmune encephalitis

“Mommy, the baby isn’t moving.” Words no parenting class can prepare you for. As I rushed to my son’s aid, I would find him face down, unresponsive behind the couch. His skin cold to the touch, his eyes glazed over, drool dripping from his mouth. Alive, but my little boy was not there, he was …

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CNN’s sister network HLN to air show on autoimmune encephalitis on August 27, 2017 at 9 p.m. EST

HLN will air an episode on autoimmune encephalitis as part of their series “Something’s Killing Me,” on August 27, 9 p.m. EST. The show will feature the experiences of Susannah Cahalan, Emily Gavigan, and Madison Jensen. We are pleased that AEA had the privilege of helping CNN answer questions about the disease and make introductions …

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Red Flags for Autoimmune Encephalitis in Psychiatric Patients

One of the major difficulties that many patients with AE face is that when the brain is affected, various symptoms present in different facets of human experience. These may include a person’s thoughts and behavior, emotions, speech, physical movements, memory, sleep habits, sensory experience, personality, etc. And these may even change from day to day as …

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