Flu in pregnancy and the development of bipolar disorder in children interconnected

A recent study found that transferred the flu during pregnancy increases the risk of developing bipolar disorders in the unborn child at an older age. This conclusion scientists have come as a result among 814 pregnant women research, more detailed results of which were published in JAMA. It turns out that influenza infection, carried by the pregnant woman, makes four times higher risk of developing bipolar disorder.

The overall risk of mental disorders remains low, and the study confirms similar findings of earlier studies about the interconnectedness of influenza and the risk of developing schizophrenia. Experts continue to reassure mums that, in General, the risks are small, and worry is not necessary.

It should be recalled that bipolar disorder causes mood swings, and can last for several months. It can be expressed as depression and despair, and hyperactivity, loss of control and manic joy. This disorder occurs in one person out of 100.

A recent study by researchers from the medical center at Columbia University analyzed data on people who were born in the sixties of the last century. Data analysis showed that bipolar disorder is 4 times more frequent in those whose mothers had the flu during pregnancy.

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