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Sun and schizophrenia

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IT SEEMS that El Niño, the climate phenomenon that brings drought to eastern Australia, may also reduce cases of schizophrenia. Looking at Queensland medical records from 1920 to 1967, John McGrath of the University of Queensland and his colleagues found that fewer people born in El Niño years developed schizophrenia in later life. Sunlight promotes the production of vitamin D in the skin, and low vitamin D levels in pregnant women may increase the risk of schizophrenia as the vitamin is important in the development of the central nervous system, McGrath told a meeting of biometeorologists in Sydney last week. “It’s very speculative, so I’m keen to get feedback,