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08 July 2010

Maternal flu infection may lead to increased risk of schizophrenia in child (The Dana Foundation Website - 27 May 2010)

Dana_logo The body's natural immune response to the flu vaccine may lead to changes in brain development - and an increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring.

Excerpt:

During my first prenatal-care appointment, my obstetrician cautioned me to avoid the flu at all costs. Influenza has long been linked to severe illness and respiratory complications during pregnancy. But a recent animal study published in the Jan. 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry suggests that the flu also may indirectly lead to increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring...

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