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Health News - Schizophrenia

How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain
Scientists have for the first time shown how the disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain. (Medical News Today)

Infections can affect your IQ
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. (Medical News Today)

Perspective-taking difficulties diminished when autistic and psychosis tendencies balance
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shed new light on the relationship between autistic tendencies and psychosis proneness in neurotypical adults. (Medical News Today)

Nerve cells in the fast lane
Dopamine-producing neurons fulfil important function in the brainNerve cells that produce dopamine for the purpose of transmitting signals to other cells affect numerous crucial brain functions. (Medical News Today)

Healing plants inspire new compounds for psychiatric drugs
Scientists look to healers in Nigeria to develop better therapies for mental disordersTreatments used by traditional healers in Nigeria have inspired scientists at Northwestern University to... (Medical News Today)

Certain immigrants and refugees may face higher risk of psychotic disorders
Researchers in Canada have found that immigrants and refugees from certain regions are at a higher risk of developing psychotic disorders than others. (Medical News Today)

Advanced MRI scans could help predict people at risk of schizophrenia
New scanning methods which map the wiring of the brain could provide a valuable new tool to predict people at risk of schizophrenia, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Some immigrants and refugees in Ontario at higher risk of psychotic disorders
Some refugees and immigrants have a higher risk of psychotic disorders, with immigrants from the Caribbean and refugees from East Africa and South Asia at 1. (Medical News Today)

Brandeis researchers identify potential cause of schizophrenic symptoms
Abnormal brain waves may provide drug target for therapeutic treatmentsSchizophrenia affects millions of people worldwide but the cause of its wide-ranging symptoms remains largely unknown. (Medical News Today)

Positive top-line results announced from pivotal Phase 3 trial of RBP-7000 in schizophrenia
Indivior PLC has announced top-line results from its phase 3 clinical trial of RBP-7000, an investigational drug in development for the treatment of schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reconcile three unrelated theories of schizophrenia
Mouse model will help scientists parse brain-based findingsOveractive neurons in the front of the mouse brain, shown in green, trigger excessive release of the brain chemical dopamine, which... (Medical News Today)

Souped-up remote control switches behaviors on-and-off in mice
BRAIN Initiative yields chemical-genetic tool with push-pull capabilitiesNeuroscientists have perfected a chemical-genetic remote control for brain circuitry and behavior. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves first generic Abilify to treat mental illnesses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Abilify (aripiprazole). (Medical News Today)

Study shows INVEGA SUSTENNA effective six months longer than common oral antipsychotics in treatment of schizophrenia
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shows that long-acting INVEGA SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate) was effective six months longer than commonly prescribed oral... (Medical News Today)

Facebook use can worsen as well as improve mental health conditions
Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, new research shows. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of communication link between brain areas implicated in schizophrenia
Disruptions are in an inhibitory brain circuit between the thalamus and prefrontal cortexThe CSHL team induced PV interneurons of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) to produce a red... (Medical News Today)

TSRI scientists find molecular trigger of schizophrenia-like behaviors and brain changes
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a molecule in the brain that triggers schizophrenia-like behaviors, brain changes and global gene expression in an animal model. (Medical News Today)

Around 9% of adults with access to firearms have anger problems
A new study has found that nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US is anger-prone and has access to guns. The authors suggest changes to firearm legislation could reduce gun violence. (Medical News Today)

Mighty microexons take center stage in shaping of the brain
Complex brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia, still puzzle scientists because their causes lie hidden in early events of brain development, which are still poorly understood. (Medical News Today)

Impact of domestic violence on women's mental health
In addition to their physical injuries, women who are victims of domestic violence are also at a greater risk of mental health problems such as depression and psychotic symptoms. (Medical News Today)

New post-hoc analyses extend understanding of the efficacy and safety of lurasidone in the treatment of schizophrenia
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. have announced the results from three post-hoc analyses evaluating the efficacy and safety of Latuda® (lurasidone) in... (Medical News Today)

New study found three-month paliperidone palmitate significantly delayed time to relapse in patients with schizophrenia
Three-month paliperidone palmitate, an investigational atypical antipsychotic, significantly delayed time to relapse compared to placebo in patients with schizophrenia, according to a new Phase 3... (Medical News Today)

Rats, reasoning, and rehabilitation: Neuroscientists are uncovering how we reason
Even rats can imagine: A new study finds that rats have the ability to link cause and effect such that they can expect, or imagine, something happening even if it isn't. (Medical News Today)

"Lightning bolts" in the brain show learning in action
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their... (Medical News Today)

Results announced from the QUALIFY study in schizophrenia
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd. presented the results of the QUALIFY* study, which showed the superiority of Abilify Maintena compared to paliperidone palmitate when using the Heinrichs-Carpenter... (Medical News Today)

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