Five years ago, we reported that a virus may be responsible for schizophrenia. Now there’s evidence that someday, we may be able to cure autism and schizophrenia with a vaccine. That’s the good news. The bad news: housework is good for your mental health!
In Scientific American, Melinda Wenner writes: “The strongest evidence pertains to schizophrenia, but autism, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder have also been linked to bacterial, viral or parasitic infections in utero, in childhood or in maturity.”
Why do some people develop schizophrenia? Children of women who undergo an extremely stressful event?such as the death of a close relative?during the first trimester of pregnancy appear more likely to develop it.