Kids with cats are much more likely to get schizophrenia, study finds

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Recent research by The Park Center for Mental Health in Australia has added to the evidence that owning a cat could significantly increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.

Their study, published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin, specifically looked at how having a cat in childhood relates to schizophrenia later in life.

The researchers thoroughly searched studies from 1980 to 2023, including various international databases. Out of 1,915 studies, 17 from 11 countries were used.

They found that cat ownership was linked to more than double the risk of schizophrenia-related disorders. The odds of developing these disorders were over two times higher for those exposed to cats.

The study noticed a pattern: the worse the liver fibrosis in people with Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease (MAFLD), the lower their lung function.

This connection was consistent regardless of other factors like age, gender, or smoking habits. It’s a key finding because it shows MAFLD’s impact on lung health.

This research underlines the need to manage MAFLD carefully, considering its wider effects on overall health, mainly lung function.

The results are crucial for both healthcare professionals and patients. They emphasize the importance of detecting MAFLD early and treating it holistically to lessen its impact on lung health.

The study’s findings are shared in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, marking a significant step in understanding how diseases like MAFLD affect more than just the liver – they also influence crucial functions like breathing.

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The research findings can be found in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

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