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    Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia - A Research Proposal

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    A 10 page paper. In the last few years, scientists have been trying to link a particular parasite that cats have to schizophrenia. The evidence reported in this proposal is somewhat convincing but is it really? The writer presents these sections in the proposal: Introduction, Literature Review, including the research question, the Methodology, which is a literature review, Results, which comments on how the results might be presented, and Conclusion, which comments on what the researcher will use to draw conclusions. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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    newspapers and journals have all proposed that a virus related to cat feces is one cause of schizophrenia. These broadcasts and printed material cite a variety of research studies that  have concluded there is a link between the two variables. It is not the first time cat feces has been linked to different diseases. The assertion is that there cat  feces contain a virus from which humans can become ill. The research in this area is relatively new. It is important to review that evidence carefully and determine if  an empirical link can be established. Literature Review Schizophrenia is a very serious neuropsychiatric disease that strikes about 1 percent of the American population (Keltner, 2005; Torrey and  Yolken, 2003). The causes are not known but genetic factors seem to play a role as have environmental factors (Editors, 2006; Keltner, 2005; Torrey and Yolken, 2003). For example, Torrey  and Yolken (2003) report that "winter-spring birth, urban birth, and perinatal and postnatal infection are all risk factors for the disease developing in later life" (Torrey and Yolken, 2003, p.  1375). It was also shown a number of years ago that at least some of these infections can cause severe birth defects (Yolken and Torrey, 2006). The same authors reported  that pregnant women who are exposed to this infection in the early term "cause severe fetal CNS abnormalities" (Yolken and Torrey, 2006, p. 16). Furthermore, it has only recently been  found that if the pregnant woman is exposed during the later terms it may cause "behavioral changes, neurologic symptoms, and stillbirths" (Yolken and Torrey, 2006, p. 16). The suspicion that  infectious agents could be involved in developing both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has a long history, dating back to at least 1896 when Scientific American published an article entitled "Is 

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