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Johns Hopkins researchers: Processed meats could cause manic episodes

Hopkins researchers: Processed meats could cause mania

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have just uncovered a possible link between processed meats and manic episodes.

Dr. Robert Yolken, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the senior author on the new study, has found a potential link between cured meats and psychiatric disorders.

“Individuals who said they were exposed to cured meats had an increased rate of mania,” said Yolken.

Seva Khambadkone, the first author on the study and a Ph.D student, said: “It was specifically nitrate prepared meat, like beef jerky, turkey jerky, meat sticks leading to those associations rather than processed meats prepared through drying like prosciutto and salami.”

In addition to the human studies Khambadkone has been testing rats, “We have a company that prepared us beef jerky with everything except the nitrates, what we saw was the animals on the store beef jerky they were hyperactive” she says, “but interesting the animals eating the dried meat, eating the same amount, the only difference is it didn’t have nitrates they showed normal activity and behaved like normal rats.”

Dr. Yolken says, “We don't think these are dangerous for most individuals we do think it’s an area that requires more research, we need to know how genetic susceptibility to mania might interact to a range of environmental factors. I don't think people need to be worried at this point.”

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