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Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Schizophrenia Linked to High Glucocorticoid Levels in Hair (2024 Study)

The intricate dance between parasites, mental health, and stress hormones is a subject of growing scientific inquiry, offering fascinating insights into how microscopic organisms might influence human behavior and psychiatric conditions. A recent study delves into the relationship between Toxoplasma gondii (TG), a common protozoan parasite, and its potential impact on individuals with schizophrenia, focusing …

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Pets May Help Reduce Anxiety & Depression in Young Adults: Effects of Dog & Cat Ownership (2024 Study)

In the kaleidoscope of mental health solutions, companion animals emerge as silent yet profoundly impactful healers, particularly for the youth navigating the tumultuous journey from adolescence to adulthood. The bond between young adults and their furry companions—dogs and cats alike—extends beyond mere companionship, touching the realms of emotional and psychological well-being. A recent study evaluates …

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats (Felines): Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Feline hyperthyroidism is characterized by overproduction of T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) hormones via the thyroid glands in cats.  As a result of excessive T4 and T3 hormone secretion, concentrations of T4 and T3 reach supraphysiological concentrations within the body of the cat.  At supraphysiological concentrations, these hormones elicit deleterious effects upon normative physiological processes, …

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