Rare Genetic Disease Protects Against Bipolar Disorder

New findings show that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder. The discovery was made thanks to decades of research in a few Old Order Amish families of Pennsylvania with a high incidence of both diseases. Forty years of documented research across multiple generations showed that no person with EvC has been reported with bipolar disorder. This new knowledge is already being studied in drugs currently in clinical trials and is a very exciting development in forthcoming bipolar treatments.

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