Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Share Genetic Roots – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. An area of the human genome that has been previously associated with a number of autoimmune diseases including type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohnís disease, may be significant for schizophrenia. Dr. Thomas Insel is director at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Insel: We didnít know that before, and so this is news, and itís something that will be an important area for further study as we try to understand how there could be an autoimmune aspect to schizophrenia that at least plays out in terms of genetic risk.
Narrator: Studies are also showing that schizophrenia may share the same genetic roots as bipolar disorder. For more information, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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