Childhood Infection Linked to Schizophrenia

Hospitalization for infection during childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia in adolescence and young adulthood, new research shows.

….”These are serious infections requiring hospitalization, so it is only the more severe cases of infections that are implicated here, and the fact that we found raised risk if the father had a history of being hospitalized for infection indicates that there may be some familial susceptibility to infection and subsequent schizophrenia risk,” Nielsen said.

….Several studies have reported links between maternal infections during pregnancy and the child’s risk for schizophrenia.

by Fran Lowry, Medscape

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