Childhood brain infections risk of schizophrenia

2019-03-02 02:01:05

BRAIN infections in childhood can raise the risk of developing schizophrenia later in life. Krister Kristensson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues studied 1.2 million children born in Sweden between 1973 and 1985. Children who got mumps with complications of brain inflammation before the age of 12 had almost three times the risk of developing schizophrenia after the age of 15. The risk for children who developed a cytomegalovirus infection jumped nearly 17 times. But no such link was seen for bacterial or enteroviral infections,