Compilation of Treatment Guidelines and Anecdotal Evidence
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Compilation of Treatment Guidelines and Anecdotal Evidence
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This is a wonderful, new, picture book explaining PANDAS symptoms and treatment. A sweet, compassionate and thoughtful read for parents and children alike.
Written by, Melanie Weiss, RN and advocate. A portion of proceeds will go to PANDAS research.
For a sneak peek and to buy the book, click here!
The Stanford PANS Clinic (LPCH) is fast developing into a progressive example of what PANS treatment can be around the U.S. and the world. In efforts to improve services to the local community, the clinic is slated to expand its availability and staff. To compliment that growth, PANDAS Network will be implementing an exciting toy donation program to ease stress of children during their clinic visits. Thanks to generous gifts made by LeapFrog, Jade’s Toy Box and your donations – over 200 stuffed animals, learning toys, coloring books, pens & crayons were gifted to PANDAS-PANS children. We had an overflow of LeapFrog toys for ages 3-5 that additional toys were sent to the Georgetown and Univ. of S. Florida Clinics! Read below for details about these 2 exciting announcements!
Dr. Jenny Frankovich, Pediatric Rheumatologist has been an outspoken advocate for our PANDAS/PANS children, whose illness range from mild to severely ill. In the past year the local community (90 mile radius) has inundated the small clinic that has operated only part-time. Dr. Frankovich and our children have won over the hearts of Stanford LPCH staff and it has been awarded funds to expand to 5 days per week, broaden the staff, and increase hospital access for severe cases. For the near future, it will only serve local children and physicians will include: 3 psychiatrists, 2 nurse practitioners, an immunologist and rheumatologist.
PANDAS Network is proud to pilot a new outreach effort to support the clinic kids! Thanks to generous gifts made by LeapFrog and Jade’s Toy Box, stuffed animals, learning toys, drawing pens & pads, coloring books, for the 200+ local families visiting the clinic. We hope to expand this simple outreach to all new PANDAS-PANS clinics as they grow throughout the U.S.
The PANS team is under the umbrella of LPCH’s research and innovation efforts and is working to design meaningful research and treatment advances for PANDAS-PANS children.
The USF clinic is studying possible epigenetic markers in PANDAS children. Antibody targeting of brain structures are thought to be a core pathology issue in PANDAS. Finding an immune based mechanism within immune genes is important research which will advance treatment.
A fund has been established for future research projects with the MGH PANDAS clinic.
A $5,000 Research Assistance Grant helped to fund the recently published tonsil study, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus Immunology: A Pilot Study, by Drs. Beth Latimer, Neurology and Earl Harley, ENT (Georgetown University). This study shows PANDAS children have significant autoimmune induced inflammation. Two more papers will be published soon showing the kids reaction post-surgery and IVIG treatment.
A $4,000 Research Assistance Grant has been awarded to Dr. Tanya Murphy. Over a one year period, she will investigate monocyte activation in PANDAS patients in the USF Clinic. Monocytes play a central role in directing the immune system’s response to infection. Understanding the role of infection and immunological responses in PANDAS will help provide insight into a potential cause of disease, as well as, specific tools for diagnosis and treatment.
More specifically, Murphy will investigate TLR/CD14 pathways that are an integral to monocyte activation. Understanding the role of this pathway in PANDAS may help direct the search for gene targets because studies in this pathway have shown that TLR gene variants can influence susceptibility to infection and illness.
$3,000 has been gifted by local PANDAS Network families to be used especially for serotype strep testing in local communities. The hope is to test the positive strep swabs of PANDAS children who have a new onset or re-exacerbate in hopes of identifying the “strep type” that may be causing PANDAS. Although strep experts believe any type of strep can cause PANDAS identifying the particular serotype has long been a desire of parents.
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Speakers include: Dr. Susan Swedo, Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, Dr. James F. Leckman, and Dr. Elizabeth Latimer.
Presentations of the latest scientific advances in the diagnosis and treatment of PANS/PANDAS shall include topics touching on immunology, rheumatology, neurology, child psychiatry, psychology and more. CME will be available within two weeks of the conference. The American Medical Association AMA has agreed to grant CME for European CME upon application.
ts-awesome-chevron-circle-rightFor more information on this exciting event, visit pandascomo.com.
PANDAS/PANS – It takes a village.
It takes a village to LEARN and understand a disorder that can affect the lives of thousands. It takes families to SUPPORT and BELIEVE in their children and in a cure. It takes COURAGE to ask questions and continue along life’s sometimes difficult path. It takes COMMUNITY to make a change.
Please support the children and families dealing with PANDAS/PANS by wearing this necklace. Let it be a sign of undying HOPE and a QUEST for a cure.
100% of the profits on this necklace will go to pandasnetwork.org to help fund research and support families struggling with PANS/PANDAS.
A special thank you to Baroni Designs for partnering with us to develop our sterling silver and gold vermeil necklaces.
Sterling Silver $50 ~ Gold Vermeil $75
Your necklace will come in a gift box along with a card explaining the significance of the piece.
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PANDAS families give us a window into their stories while the journalist explains the history of psychiatry & how as “antibiotics took hold in medicine, doctors increasingly treated the body & brain as separate entities.” Groundbreaking advances dispel misconceptions of mental illness derived from disease and now, PANDAS-PANS helps bring acceptance of infection triggered mental illness.
Read this well written article for insight into how “genes, environment, & immunity all interact in ways doctors are just beginning to unravel.” To view Nautilus magazine article go to “Yes, You Can Catch Insanity“
35% of adolescents reported at least one mental disorder overlapping with one physical disease, accordingly to new research in Psychosomatic Medicine.
Among the correlations cited, depression occurred more often with digestive issues and anxiety often had a co-morbid occurrence with arthritis, heart disease and diseases of the digestive system. Eating disorders also had a higher likelihood of including seizures.
Such finding further reinforce the importance of investigating possible PANS when a sudden onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms surface. PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) is when an infectious trigger, environmental factors, and other possible triggers create a misdirected immune response results in inflammation on the brain. In turn, the person quickly begins to exhibit life changing symptoms such as OCD, severe restrictive eating, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and handwriting abilities, sensory sensitivities, and more.
According to the revised 2012 NIMH guidelines, PANDAS and PANS can occur post puberty.
To read the abstract of the study, Association Between Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Adolescents From a Nationally Representative Cohort, visit:
PANDAS Network is initiating a global outreach effort to continue the understanding and acceptance of PANDAS and PANS!
Your support and donation dollars allowed PANDAS Network to purchase and distribute 300 copies of the Special Edition Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. These copies are currently on route to a variety of providers, spanning all medical specialties. This includes not only practitioners within the United States, but also in Canada and abroad.
Our goal is to have PANDAS/PANS children diagnosed early and receive needed treatment. We believe the JCAP will give providers the tools and confidence to correctly identify these children and begin appropriate treatment in a timely manner.
Without your financial support, this would not have been possible. Thank you!