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  1. Cats Carry Parasites That Can Lead to Mental Illness

    Owning Cats Can Lead to Mental Illness

    Domesticated cats have lived with humans for ages without (much) incident but a new study says they carry parasites that may lead to mental illness. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say cat ownership in childhood can lead to greater instances of schizophrenia and bipolar disease due to the animals’ carrying of the Toxoplasma gondii organism. The Centers for Disease Control has previously revealed that more than 60 million people in the U.S. carry the parasite and sometimes leads to complications in people with weak immune systems.

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