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Health News - Schizophrenia

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)

Study: how marijuana causes paranoia
A new study finds that a main ingredient in cannabis - THC - causes certain negative feelings and changes perceptions that induce paranoid feelings among users of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Researcher aiming to loosen the grip of severe mental illness
A neuroscientist at Rutgers University-Newark says the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest - a finding that could provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar... (Medical News Today)

Inflammation in maternal blood linked to schizophrenia in offspring
Maternal inflammation as indicated by the presence in maternal blood of early gestational C-reactive protein - an established inflammatory biomarker - appears to be associated with greater risk for... (Medical News Today)

Symptoms of schizophrenia possible following sleep deprivation
Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia risk 'increased by genetic variation'
Past research has suggested that people with schizophrenia have certain genetic variations. Now, a new study provides clues as to how one variation affects brain cell development. (Medical News Today)

Drugs that boost autophagy may help fight neurological diseases
Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig's disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells - dooming them to an early death. (Medical News Today)

Research could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses
Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely challenging because there are many genetic variants that may increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. (Medical News Today)

Brain cell development affected by schizophrenia-associated gene variation
Johns Hopkins researchers have begun to connect the dots between a schizophrenia-linked genetic variation and its effect on the developing brain. (Medical News Today)

New technology provides professionals with immediate insight into behavioral patterns of patients
Mental illness accounts for 90 percent of all reported suicides and places the largest burden of any disease on social and economic infrastructures worldwide, according to the World Health... (Medical News Today)

Unprecedented 3-D view of important brain receptor has implications for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia, depression
New details on the NMDA receptor could aid development of drugs for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, other neurological disordersResearchers with Oregon Health & Science University's Vollum... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may have genetic link
New study finds that genes known to increase risk of schizophrenia may also increase likelihood of cannabis use, while not ruling out cannabis use itself as a cause of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Social behavior tied to activity in specific brain circuit: finding has implications for autism, social anxiety, schizophrenia, depression
A team of Stanford University investigators has linked a particular brain circuit to mammals' tendency to interact socially. (Medical News Today)

Placental marker of prenatal stress linked to brain mitochondrial dysfunction; increased risk for autism, schizophrenia
When a woman experiences a stressful event early in pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia increases. (Medical News Today)

Betting behavior influenced by genes
Investors and gamblers take note: your betting decisions and strategy are determined, in part, by your genes. (Medical News Today)

Paternal age influences rate of evolution
The offspring of chimpanzees inherit 90% of new mutations from their father, and just 10% from their mother, a finding which demonstrates how mutation differs between humans and our closest living... (Medical News Today)

INVEGA® - European approval to extend its adult indication for treatment of schizophrenia to include adolescents aged 15 years and older
Janssen-Cilag International NV has announced that the European Commission has approved an extension of the oral atypical antipsychotic INVEGA® (paliperidone ER) schizophrenia indication, to... (Medical News Today)

A disruption in a brain circuit may contribute to the auditory hallucinations of schizophrenia
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified problems in a connection between brain structures that may predispose individuals to hearing the "voices" that are a common symptom of... (Medical News Today)

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