Navigation Links
Famine May Be A Cause For Schizophrenia

Babies born during famine face the risk of developing schizophrenia later in life//, says a study in China.

David St Clair at Aberdeen University and his colleagues at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China looked at the incidence of schizophrenia among those born before, during and after the 1959-1961 period of extreme famine in the badly affected Chinese province of Anhui.

Although birth rates during the period plummeted by 80 percent, the death-adjusted risk of schizophrenia for those born in 1960 was 2.3 times higher than for those born before or two years after the famine, reports newscientist.com

The findings are consistent with those of a small Dutch study, which found a twofold increase in schizophrenia for those born during a war-imposed famine in Holland from 1944 to 1945, called the Hunger Winter.

But since this study featured just 20-25 cases of the condition, those findings were only of modest statistical significance.

The Chinese study, on the other hand, examined psychiatric assessment data from the Wuhu region of Anhui, which has a population of 62 million, and so included thousands of schizophrenia case records.

The findings show that starvation experienced during the critical stages of early gestation alters brain development, producing mental health consequences years later in adulthood.

Schizophrenia occurs worldwide in about one percent of the population. But in individuals who received inadequate fetal nutrition, the risk may be as much as 2.3 percent, say researchers.

"We don't yet know what the component of the nutritional deficiency is, or what the biological mechanism is that takes place in the brain resulting from the deficiency, although pre-natal folate deficiency has been implicated in neural defects in the past," says Feng Zhang at Aberdeen University, one of the study's authors.

-(IANS)

Medindia on S chizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disease. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties. The cause of schizophrenia is unknown. There are various theories to explain the development of this disorder.

For further information read:

http://www.medindia.com/patients
/patientinfo/schizophrenia.asp

'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Could There Be A Link Between Famine and Breast Cancer ?
2. Is Diabetes the Leading Cause of Kidney Failure in India
3. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
4. Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre
5. Breast Cancer Surgery Causes Psychological problems
6. Arthritis Drug May Cause Liver Damage
7. Causes of weakness in the aged
8. Gene Mutation Causes Ovarian Failure
9. Does Radiation Cause Lung Cancer?
10. Chronic Diseases said to Cause Falls in the Elderly
11. Vision Loss Due To Diabetic Retinopathy a Major Cause Of Concern
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... Gym Source, ... of a new showroom at South Dixie Hwy in Miami, FL. , “We are ... Gym Source. “The new innovative in-store concept is designed to give clients a seamless ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... January 17, ... ... conflicted and concerned by the political/social/economic events, Dr. Carol Francis re-releases powerfully uplifting ... tragedies and magical moments that help everyone endure and pass through tough times, ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Kevin Harrington (one of the original Sharks ... DRTV campaigns regarding the topic of Beauty and Personal Care. , ... What better way to commit to these changes than beginning with personal care and ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Achieve TMS West, with multiple ... new office in San Clemente, California this month. Achieve TMS West is the ... treating individuals struggling with major depression. Depression impacts over 15 million adults in ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Peoples Health is pleased to ... on Dec. 1, 2016. Peoples Health, a Metairie-based Medicare Advantage company, serves more ... addition to our provider network, and the addition will benefit our members in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... to their offering. ... The global fluoropolymer market in the healthcare industry to grow ... Global Fluoropolymer Market in the Healthcare Industry 2016-2020, has been ... experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Tocagen Inc ., a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene therapy company, today announced ... pharmaceutical development at Tocagen, will present at Phacilitate Cell & ... Miami . Details of the ... ... - what to do when and why Date and Time: Wednesday, ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... Generic), Manufacturer (Captive, Merchant), Synthesis (Synthetic, Biotech), Product (mAb, Hormone) Drug ... 2021" report to their offering. ... The global active pharmaceutical ingredients market is ... Billion in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: