Medical News Today: Schizophrenia: Nearly 80 percent of risk down to genes

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia: Nearly 80 percent of risk down to genes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a "chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder" that affects 1.1 percent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 percent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be...

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