Cats are the perfect mascot because of their independence and behavior. We have seen years worshiping hundreds of felines, but today a study assures that it destroys its image They have taken a parasite to detonate human schizophrenia.
Toxoplasma gondii is spread among people, with cat litter trays and raw meat-consuming relationships.
du T. gondiiAs it is known, it usually does not hurt, but scientists at the University of Copenhagen have made an investigation that proves otherwise, The risk of developing schizophrenia has increased by 50% for those infected with the virus.
Over 80 thousand people were studied at Copenhagen University specialists In the Danish Blood Donor Study, where 2,000 591 people were found with harmful psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Kristoffer Sølvsten Burgdorf directed the analysis of contaminated people's samples, Those who have the presence of T. gondii in search of traces of immunoglobulin antibodies.
The team has detected a parasite in the quarter of the study in Copenhagen, of which 61 percent were cytomegalovirus (CMV), including a virus it causes cognitive distress.
This study was found Most infected T. gondii can diagnose schizophrenia almost 50% than those that do not match the result.
This "Toxoplasma confirms that it has a positive effect on schizophrenia"explained the researchers.
As Dr Burgdorf explained, this is why the parasite creates schizophreniaIn addition, it is not linked to another psychiatric disorder.
This parasite can prevent the action of an amino acid in the body called triptophan, This would create large amounts of metabolites, such as kinogenic acid, substance found before people with schizophrenia.
"Tryptophan is also a precursor of serotonin, which is involved in depression disorders"write writers.
By day mail level The parasite of T. gondii can cause an infection in humans toxoplasmosis, which causes symptoms similar to flu; women again Pregnant women suffer from abortion or mortality.
The University of Chicago, however, stated Almost a third of the world population is also infected with viruses that can cause psychological damage.
This university school 60 million people in the United States and 350 thousand in the United Kingdom.
A healthy immune system can face it, so symptoms are hardly obvious.