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Children younger than 13 who have a dog in the home might be less likely than their peers who don’t have a dog to develop schizophrenia, particularly if exposure to a dog occurs before age 3, researchers reported in PLOS One. The researchers say more studies are needed to verify the finding, but the phenomenon could be explained by immune system changes that occur with childhood exposure to pets, although the effect was not observed with bipolar disorder risk.

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