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Health News - Schizophrenia

Bipolar Psychosis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Outlook
What is bipolar disorder and what is psychosis? Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar psychosis as well as other symptoms and complications. (Medical News Today)

MicroRNA may give clue to schizophrenia's 'voices'
Research using a mouse model of schizophrenia unearths clues about the origin of auditory hallucinations and the potential for innovative, new treatments. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Researchers pinpoint rare genetic risk variants
An international team of 260 researchers has identified several rare genetic variations that can raise the risk of schizophrenia by up to 60-fold. (Medical News Today)

Largest study of its kind finds rare genetic variations linked to schizophrenia
Many of the genetic variations that increase risk for schizophrenia are rare, making it difficult to study their role in the disease. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenic stem cells do not differentiate properly into neurons
Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have used human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to identify a characteristic of abnormal brain development in schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Common sets of genes disrupted in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression
Studying brain tissue from deceased donors, Johns Hopkins scientists have found common groups of genes disrupted among people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia risk increased with alcohol, drug abuse
The links between schizophrenia and drug abuse are a hotly debated topic. A new Danish study casts their net wide and gleams new insight. (Medical News Today)

Study shows low vitamin D levels are associated with increased negative and depressive symptoms in psychotic disorders
New research presented at this year's International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy (20-22 October) shows that low vitamin D status is associated with increased negative... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia secrets found hidden in the folds of DNA
Schizophrenia-related genes have already been identified, but their roles were unclear. New techniques provide a fresh understanding. Folding is the key. (Medical News Today)

Rare damaging mutations increase risk for schizophrenia and decrease educational attainment in healthy individuals
Very rare genetic mutations that disrupt the function of genes are common in patients with schizophrenia and are also associated with fewer months of formal education in healthy individuals, report... (Medical News Today)

Cancer prevention benefits of colonoscopy may diminish after age 75
Colonoscopy screening is modestly effective for preventing colorectal cancer in patients aged 70 to 74, but the cancer prevention benefits may begin to diminish in older patients. (Medical News Today)

Medication against schizophrenia inhibits pancreatic cancer
A receptor for the dopamine neurotransmitter promotes growth and spread of pancreatic cancer - and schizophrenia drugs, which block the function of this receptor, slowed tumor growth and metastatic... (Medical News Today)

Sleep apnoea blamed for schizophrenia complications
Undiagnosed sleep apnoea is being blamed for high rates of cardiovascular disease and memory loss among people with schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity
A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis are over two... (Medical News Today)

Too much activity in one of the brain's key memory regions is bad for your memory and attention
Neurons in the brain interact by sending each other chemical messages, so-called neurotransmitters. (Medical News Today)

Brain study confirms gene mutation link to psychiatric disorders
Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia symptoms eased with aerobic exercise
Around 12 weeks of aerobic exercise was found to significantly improve the cognitive functioning of individuals with schizophrenia in a new study. (Medical News Today)

In search of neurobiological factors for schizophrenia
It is impossible to predict the onset of schizophrenic psychosis. If factors linked to a risk of psychosis can be identified, however, these may yield significant insights into its underlying... (Medical News Today)

Longer duration of untreated childhood schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis predicts poorer outcomes
A review of 35 studies of early-onset schizophrenia-spectrum psychosis (EOS) identified the most common psychotic symptoms and the disorders that most often co-occur in children and adolescents... (Medical News Today)

Changes in brain structure during teenage years provide clues to onset of mental health problems
Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers' brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise... (Medical News Today)

Infections, antibiotic use linked to manic episodes in people with serious mental illness
In research using patient medical records, investigators from Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt Health System report that people with serious mental disorders who were hospitalized for mania were... (Medical News Today)

Clozapine shows better efficacy in children with schizophrenia than in adults
Childhood-onset schizophrenia is a rare, severe, and difficult to treat form of the disease, but a new study suggests that children show a stronger response to clozapine than to other antipsychotic... (Medical News Today)

Analysis of genetic repeats suggests role for DNA instability in schizophrenia
Variations in the number of DNA sequence repeats are known to exist between individuals. (Medical News Today)

Stress hormone link with psychosis
JCU Associate Professor Zoltan Sarnyai said it was the first meta-analysis study to compare the level of cortisol in a waking patient's body with the stage of schizophrenia they are suffering. (Medical News Today)

European Commission approves TREVICTA (paliperidone palmitate 3-monthly injection), for schizophrenia
Janssen has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved the use of TREVICTA® (paliperidone palmitate, a 3-'monthly injection) for the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

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