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The Origins of Schizophrenia$
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Alan Brown and Paul Patterson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151245

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151245.001.0001

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Prenatal Nutrition and the Etiology of Schizophrenia

Prenatal Nutrition and the Etiology of Schizophrenia

(p.58) Chapter 2 Prenatal Nutrition and the Etiology of Schizophrenia
The Origins of Schizophrenia

Kristin N. Harper

Alan S. Brown

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between prenatal nutrition and the risk of schizophrenia in offspring. Epidemiologic associations between a number of prenatal nutrition measures and schizophrenia implies that malnutriti on during pregnancy could increase the risk of schizophrenia due to various factors, such as elevated mutation rate, epigenetic alterations, or other types of physiologic changes. Pursuing prenatal nutritional interventions could represent an important avenue in alleviating the functional impairments and suffering caused by this disorder and could have significant implications for improving public health. The chapter concludes that the case for a biologically plausible role in influencing schizophrenia risk can also be made for a number of other nutrients that have not yet been investigated.

Keywords:   prenatal nutrition, schizophrenia, pregnancy, malnutrition, mutation rate, epigentic alterations

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