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Toxoplasmosis: How Parasites in Your Cat Can Infect Your Brain

“Crazy cat lady” stereotypes or not, there could be some actual psychological risks from hanging around so many kitties… if just one of them is harboring the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

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Effects of Toxoplasma gondii Infection on the brain – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2526127/

Describing the Relationship between Cat Bites and Human Depression Using Data from an Electronic Health Record – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0070585

Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in Mothers – http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/1206779

The Neurotropic Parasite Toxoplasma Gondii Increases Dopamine Metabolism – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0023866#s3

GLT-1-Dependent Disruption of CNS Glutamate Homeostasis and Neuronal Function by the Protozoan Parasite Toxoplasma gondii – http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1005643#sec010

GABAergic Signaling Is Linked to a Hypermigratory Phenotype in Dendritic Cells Infected by Toxoplasma gondii – http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1003051#s3

Is Toxoplasma Gondii Infection Related to Brain and Behavior Impairments in Humans? Evidence from a Population-Representative Birth Cohort – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0148435

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