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Jacob Zipperstein August 31, 2008 Abstract # practice “Infected with Insanity” Scientific America, April 2008 New evidence suggests that the flu, the same immune response that most believed to prevent infectious diseases, could be causing mental illness. A brief explanation of how mental illness relates to prenatal infections is introduced, with a main focus on the influenza virus. The idea that microbes are to blame is further discussed. Why these infections directly attack the brain is described. The fact that scientist once believed this to be true, but never took action, is heavily discussed with some detail. New research dives into the idea that schizophrenia is the most common mental illness due to microbes. Tests involving animals and prenatal infections are brought up. The Toxoplasma gondii microbe (found in contaminated water and uncooked meat) is thoroughly explained. The idea that the microbe itself might not cause the damage, but how the immune system responds and how it affects the nervous system is noted.
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