Neonatal vitamin D deficiency linked to schizophrenia in study in Denmark

[UPI, 12/6/18] Researchers in Denmark found that newborns with vitamin D deficiency have a 44 percent greater risk of developing schizophrenia.

The study, published Thursday in Nature, examined vitamin D concentration in blood samples from 2,602 newborns collected between 1981 and 2000 who later were diagnosed as schizophrenics.

“Schizophrenia is a group of poorly understood brain disorders characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and cognitive impairment,” John McGrath, a professor at The University of Queensland and study co-author, said in a news release.

Although McGrath acknowledges that schizophrenia has many different risk factors, both genetic and environmental, multiple studies point to a vitamin D deficiency as a primary cause……….

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