Aug 16

Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression

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Scientists have discovered the human herpesvirus HHV-6 in the neurons of people who lived with bipolar or severe depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 4.4 percent of the population of the United States will have bipolar disorder at one point in their lives.

While the precise causes of such, often debilitating, psychiatric conditions remain unknown, scientists do know that both genes and the environment play a role.

For instance, a recent study identified 44 genetic loci thought to raise the risk of depression, while another has suggested that 80 percent of schizophrenia risk can be attributed to genes.

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