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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(12), 2608; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18122608

The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Developmental Psychopathology: A Systematic Review on Early Psychosis, Autism, and ADHD

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Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Cà Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
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SIGENP (Italian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition), via Libero Temolo 4 (Torre U8), 20126 Milan, Italy
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Child Psychopathology Unit, Scientific Institute, IRCCS Eugenio Medea, via Don Luigi Monza 20, Bosisio Parini, 23842 Lecco, Italy
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Department of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Cà Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Cà Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Pediatric Nephrology & Dialysis, Milano Fondazione IRCCS Cà Grande Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, 77021 TX, USA
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 24 November 2017 / Accepted: 27 November 2017 / Published: 4 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Health and Disease: New Knowledge)
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Abstract

In this systematic review, we will consider and debate studies that have explored the effects of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in three major, and somehow related, developmental psychiatric disorders: Autism, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder and Psychosis. The impact of ω-3 PUFAs on clinical symptoms and, if possible, brain trajectory in children and adolescents suffering from these illnesses will be reviewed and discussed, considering the biological plausibility of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids, together with their potential perspectives in the field. Heterogeneity in study designs will be discussed in the light of differences in results and interpretation of studies carried out so far. View Full-Text
Keywords: neurodevelopment; omega-3; PUFAs; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); autism; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); ultra-high risk for psychosis; first psychotic episode neurodevelopment; omega-3; PUFAs; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); autism; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); ultra-high risk for psychosis; first psychotic episode
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Agostoni, C.; Nobile, M.; Ciappolino, V.; Delvecchio, G.; Tesei, A.; Turolo, S.; Crippa, A.; Mazzocchi, A.; Altamura, C.A.; Brambilla, P. The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Developmental Psychopathology: A Systematic Review on Early Psychosis, Autism, and ADHD. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2608.

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