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New Study Claims Childhood Infections May Trigger Mental Illness

by | December 8, 2018

A Danish study has provided a strong case of illness during the formative years, that infections may trigger mental illness later in life. They found a link between antibiotics and subsequent neuro-psychiatric disorders.

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During the course of the study, the researchers found that the risk by 80% if it was serious enough to require a hospital stay. 

If an illness was minor enough to treat with medicine, infections may trigger mental illness risk was lower, but still relatively high at 40%

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Infections May Trigger Mental Illness 

The study followed over one million Danish children from birth to a mean aged of 9.7 to see if their theory of mental illness being linked to childhood illness.  During follow-up, 42,462 (3.9%) were hospitalized for any mental disorder, and 56,847 (5.2%) filled a prescription for psychotropic medication.

“Our findings linking infections with mental disorders in the developing brain, despite several limitations that make causal links impossible, add more knowledge to this growing field showing that there exists an intimate connection between the body and the brain,” first author Ole Kohler-Forsberg, MD, from the Psychosis Research Unit, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, told Medscape Medical News.

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