Flu During Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia

A bout of the flu during the first half of pregnancy may damage the fetal brain and raises the risk of children developing schizophrenia later in life. In a small 64-family sample, researchers found the risk of developing the major mental disorder in adult offspring rose seven-fold if the expectant mother had the flu during the first trimester. The study suggested factors that could damage the fetal brain including the mother's antibodies crossing the placenta and reacting with the fetus'...

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