Schizophrenia and the influence of male gender

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Adolescent boys are the demographic group most likely to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Before adulthood, boys accumulate more potential brain hazards than girls, and this may predispose them to disordered neurodevelopment during adolescence. Hormonal and immune gender differences that emerge at this time likely play an additional and significant role. Very recently, gender differences can be examined even before the onset of full-blown illness, in individuals at “clinically high risk.”

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