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Health News - Schizophrenia

Memory boosted by electric current to brain: finding has implications for stroke, Alzheimer's and brain injury
Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new... (Medical News Today)

Study shows how movement affects hearing
When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. (Medical News Today)

Motivation deficits in schizophrenia driven by difficulty assessing effort
Individuals with schizophrenia often have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves, and a new study from San Francisco State University suggests the reason might be their... (Medical News Today)

In stress hormone regulation, maturing brain flips function of amygdala
In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have found that the amygdala has an... (Medical News Today)

Happiness in schizophrenia 'is not an oxymoron'
People with schizophrenia are less happy than those in the general population, but not to the extent that has previously been suggested, according to a new survey. (Medical News Today)

How illness-linked genetic variation affects neurons in the developing brain
A genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports. (Medical News Today)

'Diseases of synapses' demo'd in a dish
Researchers have long suspected that major mental disorders are genetically-rooted diseases of synapses - the connections between neurons. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenic brains get stuck in the twilight zone
People with schizophrenia struggle to turn goals into actions because brain structures governing desire and emotion are less active and fail to pass goal-directed messages to cortical regions... (Medical News Today)

How information flow in the brain is centrally regulated for sleep and wakefulness
Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal... (Medical News Today)

Brain 'switchboard' identified that is important in attention and sleep, suggests new targets for treating psychiatric disorders
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a "switchboard,"... (Medical News Today)

Genetic computer network inference model could lead to earlier diagnosis, treatment of mental diseases
A computer science and engineering associate professor and her doctoral student graduate are using a genetic computer network inference model that eventually could predict whether a person will... (Medical News Today)

"Dimmer switch" drug idea could tackle schizophrenia
Discovery of a new mechanism of drug action could lead to the next generation of drugs to treat schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Timing of neuronal generation is linked to how neurons achieve specific brain wiring
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have evidence suggesting that neurons in the developing brains of mice are guided by a simple but elegant birth order rule... (Medical News Today)

Little-known supportive cells, astrocytes, essential for memory
When you're expecting something - like the meal you've ordered at a restaurant - or when something captures your interest, unique electrical rhythms sweep through your brain. (Medical News Today)

Protein once seen as a promising anti-cancer compound helps to stabilize neural circuits
Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered that endostatin, a protein that once aroused intense interest as a possible cancer treatment, plays a key role in the stable functioning of the... (Medical News Today)

Medicaid cost-cutting on antipsychotics may be sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison
Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic... (Medical News Today)

Epigenetic tie to neuropsychiatric disorders
Flawed dopamine signaling linked to mass alteration of gene activity in prefrontal cortexDysfunction in dopamine signaling profoundly changes the activity level of about 2,000 genes in the... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia's genetic 'skyline' rising - suspect common variants soar from 30 to 108
The largest genomic dragnet of any psychiatric disorder to date has unmasked 108 chromosomal sites harboring inherited variations in the genetic code linked to schizophrenia, 83 of which had not been... (Medical News Today)

Slight decrease in brain volume associated with antipsychotic drugs
A study just published has confirmed a link between antipsychotic medication and a slight, but measureable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

New discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments suggested by experts
When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient's brain that relieve mental disorders? (Medical News Today)

Could vitamin D deficiency increase the risk of schizophrenia?
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health problems. Now, a new study suggests that people who are vitamin D deficient may be more likely to develop schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify more than 80 new genes linked to schizophrenia
An international team of researchers has identified 108 genes - 83 of which were previously undiscovered - associated with schizophrenia, potentially shedding light on its causes. (Medical News Today)

Rare gene could increase risk of schizophrenia, alcoholism and bipolar
Scientists from the UK have identified a rare gene variant associated with developing severe chronic conditions such as schizophrenia that could lead to new treatment targets. (Medical News Today)

Neuroscientists suggest link between defects in fatty acid transport proteins and schizophrenia, autism
Using diverse methodologies, neuroscientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute report that defects in Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) may help to explain the pathology in some cases of... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia patients have significant impairments in their ability to control working memory
The inability to ignore irrelevant stimuli underlies the impaired working memory and cognition often experienced by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, reports a new study in the current issue... (Medical News Today)

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