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nieh
01-25-2006, 10:24 AM
Wow. Cat poop can lead to schizophrenia. I think I'm going to start taking better care of my litter box from now on.


Researchers have found stronger evidence for a link between a parasite in cat faeces and undercooked meat and an increased risk of schizophrenia.

Research published in Procedings of the Royal Society B, shows how the invasion or replication of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in rats may be inhibited by using anti-psychotic or mood stabilising drugs.

The researchers tested anti-psychotic and mood stabilising medications used for the treatment of schizophrenia on rats infected with T. gondii and found they were as, or more, effective at preventing behaviourial alterations as anti-T. gondii drugs. This led them to believe that T. gondii may have a role in the development of some cases of schizophrenia.

Dr Joanne Webster from Imperial College London, and lead researcher said: "Although we are certainly not saying that exposure to this parasite does definitely lead to the development of schizophrenia, this and previous studies do show there may be a link in a few individuals, providing new clues for how we treat toxoplasmosis and schizophrenia."

Previous epidemiological and neuropathological studies have indicated some cases of schizophrenia may be associated with environmental factors, such as exposure to the parasite T. gondii. At the same time several of the medications used to treat schizophrenia have been shown to posess anti-parasitic and in particular anti-T.gondii properties. This led the authors to suspect that the anti-psychotic activity of these medications may be due in part to their inhibition of these parasites.

When the rats were given Haloperidol, an anti-psychotic, and Valporic acid, a mood stabiliser, the behavioural symptoms of T.gondii were reduced. They found the drugs were able to limit the 'suicidal feline' attraction by which the rats became less aware of the dangers of cats.

Dr Joanne Webster added: "By showing that drugs used to treat schizophrenia affect the parasite T. gondii, this does provide further evidence for its role in the development of some cases schizophrenia. It may be that anti-psychotic drugs work partly by parasite inhibition, and this could lead to new medicine and treatment combinations."

The researchers have already begun human clinical trials using anti-T. gondii treatments as adjunct therapies for schizophrenia with researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060125082853.htm

sKratch
01-25-2006, 10:40 AM
Explains the crazy old cat ladies.

Jebus
01-25-2006, 10:40 AM
I was hoping to add another attribute to the ultimate zombie warrior but bionic zombies with robot suits controlled via remote control that become schizophrenic when exposed to cat poo just doesn't right. =\

nieh
01-25-2006, 10:40 AM
Explains the crazy old cat ladies.

Only to a point. You have to start off somewhat crazy in order to end up with that many cats.


I was hoping to add another attribute to the ultimate zombie warrior but bionic zombies with robot suits controlled via remote control that become schizophrenic when exposed to cat poo just doesn't right. =\


Very true. I suppose the person controlling the zombie warrior could be schizophrenic but that doesn't necessarilly make them any more awesome.

wheelchairman
01-25-2006, 12:36 PM
Everything apparently increases the risk of schizophrenia. This is largely because no one knows what causes it.

Preocupado
01-25-2006, 12:37 PM
that's neat and there's alot more to be found at the same behavioural changes with anty psychotic medicine.

Preocupado
01-25-2006, 12:41 PM
Everything apparently increases the risk of schizophrenia. This is largely because no one knows what causes it.

We do. We just won't be able to integrate our knowledge with the developement sciences until they have alot more precise researches.

wheelchairman
01-25-2006, 12:45 PM
We do. We just won't be able to integrate our knowledge with the developement sciences until they have alot more precise researches.
Well according to a film from the mid '90s starring Diana Ross, we don't. Your move Sherlock.

Mota Boy
01-25-2006, 01:30 PM
I heard something about this a while ago. It made me wonder if perhaps cats were some sort of parasitic creature. I think the cats know what they're doing. Think about it - dogs go right out in the open. Smiling and drooling and pissing on your shoes or crapping on your carpet. You yell at 'em a bit, shove 'em outside and clean it up. Cats, however, are much more secretive about their shit. They try to hide it, strategically placing it around the house for maximum exposure.

They seem really cute at first - nice, quiet, adorable... but gradually their shit starts to drive you crazy. At first you just become increasingly preoccupied with other aspects of your slow slide into insanity, allowing more cats to accumulate, driving you even battier as you fail to realize just what they're doing to you, until finally your house is overrun with scores of the furry fuckers and the police are hauling your psycho ass down to the mental ward. But by then the cats have already used you up, like a virus, and are ready to move on.

nieh
01-25-2006, 01:47 PM
I think I'm going to go home and slaughter my cats now...

0r4ng3
01-25-2006, 01:54 PM
Me too, but first I have to buy cats.

Aw dammit, cats are expensive. Can't I just draw a picture of a cat, and then rip it up?

nieh
01-25-2006, 02:03 PM
You can adopt kittens for free if you go to the right places. That's a good place to start thinning out their population.

Isolated Fury
01-25-2006, 02:04 PM
Check outside of local supermarkets. I usually find fellow humans spreading the disease at the entrance with a sign that says "Free Kittens! :) :) :)"

Use extreme caution.