Researchers: OCD may be tied to strep throat infections

08/12/2009 | Daily Mail (London), The

A Columbia University study has found a possible link between obsessive-compulsive disorder and throat infections. Using mice, researchers found that antibodies triggered by about 10% of strep throat infections also affected areas of the brain controlling compulsion and anxiety. One researcher said strep throat may be the cause of up to a third of OCD cases also involving characteristics of autism or hyperactivity.

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