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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Biological Changes Could Underlie Higher Psychosis Risk in Immigrants

Jan. 10, 2017 — A new study could explain how migrating to another country increases a person's risk of developing schizophrenia, by altering brain chemistry. Immigrants had higher levels of the brain chemical ... read more

Nerve-Signaling Protein Regulates Gene Associated With Schizophrenia

Jan. 5, 2017 — Researchers have identified a protein that regulates a gene associated with schizophrenia. The study’s findings have significant implications for schizophrenia ... read more

Genes Affecting Our Communication Skills Relate to Genes for Schizophrenia and Autism

Jan. 3, 2017 — By screening thousands of individuals, an international team led by researchers has provided new insights into the relationship between genes that confer risk for autism or schizophrenia and genes ... read more

New Intracellular Dopamine Receptor Function May Offer Hope to Schizophrenia Patients

Dec. 9, 2016 — Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that plays an important role in controlling movement, emotion and cognition. Dopamine dysfunction is believed to be one of the causes of disorders like ... read more

MRI Scans Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenia

Dec. 7, 2016 — A damaging chemical imbalance in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia, according to ... read more

Hearing Deficits in Schizophrenia Tied to Specific Brain Receptor

Dec. 2, 2016 — People with schizophrenia who have difficulty hearing subtle changes in pitch may be helped with auditory training exercises and a drug that targets NMDA receptors in the brain, report ... read more

Small RNA Identified That Offers Clues for Quieting the 'Voices' of Schizophrenia

Nov. 28, 2016 — Scientists have identified a small RNA (microRNA) that may be essential to restoring normal function in a brain circuit associated with the "voices" and other hallucinations of ... read more

Largest Study of Its Kind Finds Rare Genetic Variations Linked to Schizophrenia

Nov. 22, 2016 — Genetic variations that increase schizophrenia risk are rare, making it difficult to study their role. To overcome this, scientists analyzed the genomes of more than 41,000 people in the largest ... read more

'Personalized Medicine' as Ideal in Treatment of Psychiatric Disturbances

Nov. 10, 2016 — An ever widening gap is appearing between clinical practice and the treatment prescribed in DSM-5, the standard work on schizophrenia, an expert outlines. Psychiatric disturbances are all too often ... read more

Neurocognitive Deficits May Be a Red Flag for Psychosis

Nov. 2, 2016 — While schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience delusions and hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic ... read more

'Middle England' Faces Lowest Psychosis Risk

Oct. 24, 2016 — The risk of developing a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia is highest for young people, men, ethnic minorities and people living in urban areas and poorer neighborhoods, an English study ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — Mutations in a gene linked with brain development may dispose people to multiple forms of psychiatric disease by changing the way brain cells communicate, new research has ... read more

Insight Into Sleep's Role in Schizophrenia Offers Potential Treatment Path

Oct. 18, 2016 — A sleep abnormality likely plays an important role in schizophrenia, according to sleep experts. In a review of the growing body of evidence linking a reduction in sleep spindle activity to ... read more

Parents' Age and the Risk for Autism and Schizophrenia: Is the Connection Real?

Oct. 3, 2016 — A new study indicates that parents who reproduce later in life are more likely to have children who develop autism disorders. Later reproduction was not, however, associated with increased risk for ... read more

Good Cells Turn Bad: Supportive Brain Cells Which 'Go-Rouge' and Become Destructive Could Hold the Key to MND

Sep. 26, 2016 — A pioneering study has revealed a cell which usually supports motor neuron function becomes destructive and actually causes cell death in patients with Motor Neuron ... read more

Care Home Dementia Study Finds Failure to Reduce Antipsychotic Prescribing

Sep. 20, 2016 — There has been no sustained reduction in the prescription of antipsychotics to UK dementia patients, despite government guidance, according to a ... read more

Risks of Developing Mental Health Problems If Brother or Sister Affected

Sep. 19, 2016 — What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition? Now a large survey using data from all patients hospitalized in psychiatric wards in Israel, and their ... read more

Potential Schizophrenia 'Switch' Found

Sep. 19, 2016 — A key mechanism that explains how compounds they're developing can suppress schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice without side effects has been discovered by researchers. An estimated 3 million ... read more

Offspring to Parents Who Were Babies During the Holocaust Had a Worse Course of Schizophrenia

Sep. 15, 2016 — Results of a new study have found that no difference in the risk of developing schizophrenia between second-generations Holocaust survivors and those whose parents were not exposed to the Holocaust. ... read more

Response to Common Schizophrenia, Bipolar Treatment Dictated by Gene Type

Sep. 14, 2016 — A mood-stabilizing drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, say ... read more

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