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Thursday, December 6, 2018

childhood infections increase risk of mental disorders

A new study conducted by the Aarhus University in Denmark concluded that childhood infections are linked to an increase risk of mental disorders. The study reviewed all the infections children had who were born in Denmark between January 1st, 1995 and June 30th, 2012 and then tracked the subsequent risk of childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Children hospitalized with an infection had a 84% increase in the risk of suffering from a mental disorder and 42% increased risk of being prescribed medicine to treat mental disorders. Additionally, the risk increases right after the infection. Further research needs to be conducted, but the close connection between the body and the brain and the role our immune system has on our overall mental health is an important step into understanding childhood infections and how to treat them. science daily
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