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Health News - Schizophrenia

Norepinephrine aids brain in sorting complex auditory signals
UMass Amherst scientists discover key role for neuromodulator in auditory functionFor neuroscientists studying the intricate mechanisms of hearing in the brain's auditory cortex, a major question... (Medical News Today)

Atlas of older brains could help diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
A digital map of the ageing brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in older people, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Medical research not addressing patient and clinician priorities
Research on treatments for health problems, such as diabetes, stroke and schizophrenia, is not being focused on the treatments considered most important by patients and clinicians, according to a... (Medical News Today)

New biomarker identified in women with mental illness
Psychiatric disorders can be difficult to diagnose because clinicians must rely upon interpreted clues, such as a patient's behaviors and feelings. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Data shows symptomatic patients treated with XEPLION benefit from initiation early within a hospital stay
Janssen-Cilag International NV has announced results of the HOSPItal Use of Paliperidone Palmitate: A Prospective Non-Interventional Study (HOSPIPalm study) at the 12th World Congress of Biological... (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop new technique for modeling neuronal connectivity using stem cells
Opens up new avenues of research into human neuronal systems and interconnections, according to Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience reportHuman stem cells can be differentiated to produce... (Medical News Today)

Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development
Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. (Medical News Today)

Study finds genetic link between creativity and schizophrenia, bipolar
New research finds people with creative professions or hobbies - such as musicians and artists - are more likely to have genetic variants linked to schizophrenia and bipolar. (Medical News Today)

Cat ownership in childhood linked to greater risk of later-life mental illness
New research has linked cat ownership in childhood with greater later-life risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, attributing the link to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. (Medical News Today)

An initiation mechanism for dendritic spines discovered
Researchers from the University of Helsinki, ETH Zürich, Aix-Marseille and the German Mouse Clinic teamed up to investigate the initiation process of dendritic spines. (Medical News Today)

Reprogramming of DNA observed in human germ cells for first time
Some genes that escape reprogramming may contribute to human diseases in subsequent generationsA team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge has described for the first time in humans... (Medical News Today)

Genetic variation of stress hormone receptor may affect vulnerability to major depression; schizophrenia; neurodevelopmental disorders
Three papers on the genetics of psychiatric disorders published June 3 in Neuron1. (Medical News Today)

Scientists produce strongest evidence yet of schizophrenia's causes
An international team of scientists led by Cardiff University researchers has provided the strongest evidence yet of what causes schizophrenia - a condition that affects around 1% of the global... (Medical News Today)

New strong evidence for neurological cause of schizophrenia
A study finds strong evidence that a number of disease-linked mutations that disrupt the delicate chemical balance of signaling in the brain help cause schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

How we make emotional decisions
Some decisions arouse far more anxiety than others. Among the most anxiety-provoking are those that involve options with both positive and negative elements, such choosing to take a higher-paying job... (Medical News Today)

Weak electric current to the brain may improve thinking in people with schizophrenia
Lightly stimulating the brain with electricity may improve short-term memory in people with schizophrenia, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. (Medical News Today)

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)

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