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The Morning Stake | 2020.02.27

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People Born Blind Are Mysteriously Protected From Schizophrenia. Via Vice:

As time goes on, larger data sets have emerged: In 2018, a study led by a researcher named Vera Morgan at the University of Western Australia looked at nearly half a million children born between 1980 and 2001 and strengthened this negative association. Pollak, a psychiatrist and researcher at King’s College London, remembered checking in the mental health facility where he works after learning about it; he too was unable to find a single patient with congenital blindness who had schizophrenia.

These findings suggest that something about congenital blindness may protect a person from schizophrenia. This is especially surprising, since congenital blindness often results from infections, brain trauma, or genetic mutationβ€”all factors that are independently associated with greater risk of psychotic disorders.

More strangely, vision loss at other periods of life is associated with higher risks of schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms. Even in healthy people, blocking vision for just a few days can bring about hallucinations. And the connections between vision abnormalities and schizophrenia have become more deeply established in recent yearsβ€”visual abnormalities are being found before a person has any psychotic symptoms, sometimes predicting who will develop schizophrenia.

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Texas Tech 10, Southern 3. A two-game sweep of Southern with a 10-3 win over the Jaguars yesterday (Recap | Box Score). Hunter Dobbins got the start and his first win of the year, going 5 innings, striking out 10 and walking 2. CF/2B Dylan Neuse was 4-5 with a run and 3 RBI, while DH Braxton Fulford was 1-1 with 3 RBI and 4 walks. I’m guessing some of that was intentional. The team is in action this weekend in Tallahassee (actually starting tomorrow) to face Florida Atlantic and Florida State.

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Andre Emmett Dream Court. I forgot to post this yesterday, and maybe that’s for the best so it didn’t get lost in the weeds, but Texas Tech and the Nancy Lieberman Charities are raising funds for the installation of a Lubbock Dream Court in memory of Andre Emmitt. The goal is $25,000. You can give at Caring Cent.

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Kingsbury on Russillo. Via The Ringer and Ryen Russillo talked with Kliff Kingsbury and Russillo talked about his time and Lubbock and how he was asked by Kirby Hocutt to be let go. Kingsbury kind of said that he thought that his time at Texas Tech had run its course and was never able to get over the hump. He didn’t begrudge Hocutt for letting him go. I think it started about 7 minutes into the podcast if you want to give it a listen.


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