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Toxoplasmosis associated with increased suicide risk
There’s fresh evidence that cats can be a threat to your mental health. To be fair, it’s not kitties themselves that are the problem, but a parasite they carry called . A study of more than 45,000 Danish women found that those infected with this feline parasite were 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than women who weren’t infected.
That’s not a huge increase, but it’s probably too big to have been caused by chance, says , a University of Maryland psychiatrist and senior author of , which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
T. gondii constructing daughter scaffolds within the mother cell (image: PLoS).