January 2020: Maternal Bacterial Infection and Offspring Psychosis Risk

01.01.2020 - By American Journal of Psychiatry Audio

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Executive Editor Michael Roy speaks with Younga H. Lee, Ph.D., and Stephen L. Buka, Sc.D., about their research on the association between maternal bacterial infection during pregnancy and risk for psychotic disorders in offspring. The New England Family Study [2:50] Study design [7:21] How information about exposure to bacterial infection was collected, and how offspring who developed mental health problems were evaluated [8:07] Main findings with regard to the connection between exposure to bacterial infection in utero and the development of illness among offspring [11:37] Whether the findings have any bearing on the use of medication to treat infections in pregnancy [12:27] Did any results surprise the researchers? [13:41] What further studies should explore [16:56] Implications of the work [18:12] Be sure to let your colleagues know about the podcast, and please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you listen to it. Subscribe to the podcast here. Listen to other podcasts produced by the American Psychiatric Association. Browse articles online. Also visit the online edition of this month’s Journal to watch a video of Deputy Editor Daniel S. Pine, M.D., present highlights from the issue. Follow the Journal on Twitter. E-mail us at [email protected]

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