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Genes causing Mental illness

In one of the recent studies conducted by National Institutes of Health Science, it was revealed that genes implicated in schizophrenia and autism turns out to be the members of selected genes in which one can observe the peak in the regulatory activities during the environmentally-sensitive critical period. There is a mechanism which is popularly called as DNA methylation which actually switches on and off in the human’s brain prefrontal cortex. With the increase in the methylation, gene expression slows down after the birth. The scientists have found that the activity related to environmentally responsive regulatory across the lifespan really turns the genes off and on in the brain.

Genes causing Mental illness
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Mentally ill Patients on the rise as states cut funds

“He had been homeless for about two weeks. He had not showered or eaten a lot. He asked if we had a meal tray,” this is a statement by Dr William Sullivan from the medical centre at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is also a former president of Illinois College of Emergency Physicians. He said this after he treated a homeless patient who had threatened to kill himself.

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