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Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?
Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.
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Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?
Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?

Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.

Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.

ABOVE: Modified from © istock.com, Viki, yodiyim

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Infographic: How the Body’s Defenses Attack the Brain
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2022
Scientists have pinpointed several pathways through which the immune system could disrupt neuronal functioning and thereby lead to psychotic symptoms.
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Wet Weather Brings Japanese Encephalitis to Australia
Shawna Williams | Apr 14, 2022
Southern Australia has recorded its first-ever cases of the disease in an outbreak that has so far killed three people.
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Dozens More Cases of Neurological Problems in COVID-19 Reported  
Amanda Heidt | Jul 8, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 generally attacks the lungs, but researchers are also stressing its effects on the brain in a fraction of patients.
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Mysterious Illness Linked to Lychees Kills Children in India
Chia-Yi Hou | Aug 27, 2019
Malnourished kids who eat the fruit containing a naturally occurring toxin suffer from low blood sugar and symptoms of encephalopathy.
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Pig-to-Pig Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Virus
Jef Akst | Feb 29, 2016
The Japanese encephalitis virus, which typically moves to new hosts via mosquito vectors, can jump directly between pigs, according to a study.