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Health News - Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct disorders may share common pathophysiological features. (Medical News Today)

Could a blood test predict schizophrenia risk?
A new study suggests a blood test could predict which patients are at risk of developing schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis, meaning they could receive earlier treatment. (Medical News Today)

Risk of adolescent mental health disorders affected by size at birth
New research from the Copenhagen Centre for Social Evolution and Yale University offers compelling support for the general evolutionary theory that birth-weight and birth-length can partially predict... (Medical News Today)

Alterations in brain nicotine signals linked in smoking and schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with increased rates and intensity of tobacco smoking. (Medical News Today)

Parts of the brain's cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia 'made up of eight specific genetic disorders'
Schizophrenia is not an individual condition but is made up of eight genetically distinct disorders, according to a new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. (Medical News Today)

New insight into neurotransmitter mechanisms occurring in schizophrenia
Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers have gained new insight into what may cause schizophrenia by revealing the altered patterns of neuronal signaling associated with this... (Medical News Today)

Is the pattern of brain folding a "fingerprint" for schizophrenia?
Anyone who has seen pictures or models of the human brain is aware that the outside layer, or cortex, of the brain is folded in an intricate pattern of "hills", called gyri, and "valleys", called... (Medical News Today)

Novel treatment method - visualising plastic changes to the brain
Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being... (Medical News Today)

Is OCD a risk factor for schizophrenia?
People with a prior OCD diagnosis and those whose parents have the condition may be at higher risk of developing schizophrenia, according to the results of a Danish study. (Medical News Today)

Memory and Alzheimer's disease
Research by Dr. Sylvain Williams shows that the flow of activity in the hippocampus, a brain region essential for memory, is actually bidirectional, rather than just unidirectionalA study just... (Medical News Today)

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)

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