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Health News - Schizophrenia

Could hair analysis diagnose schizophrenia?
A new study links higher brain levels of hydrogen sulfide to a subtype of schizophrenia and proposes hair levels of a related enzyme as a biomarker. (Medical News Today)

'New lead' in hunt for better schizophrenia drugs
Existing medications do not address the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. A recent study attempted to track down the source of these symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Genes related to circadian rhythms may be disrupted
In the brains of people with schizophrenia, researchers have now found disrupted patterns in the expression of genes that correspond to sleep-wake cycles. (Medical News Today)

New psychosis treatment targets genetic mutation instead of symptoms
New research describes the case study of two people with psychotic conditions who benefited from an innovative treatment for psychosis. (Medical News Today)

Are mental health diagnoses 'scientifically meaningless'?
After finding many inconsistencies and contradictions in the DSM-5 diagnostic handbook, a study questions the scientific value of psychiatric diagnoses. (Medical News Today)

How do ancient viruses cause MS and other neurological diseases?
Remnants of retroviruses embedded millions of years ago make up 8% of our DNA. How can they cause neurological diseases, such as MS? (Medical News Today)

AI can predict psychosis risk in everyday language
Analyzing two features of language use with machine learning could be a way to predict which individuals will later develop psychosis, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Could a broccoli sprout extract help treat schizophrenia?
A compound present in broccoli sprouts could change a chemical imbalance that characterizes the brains of people with schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

What really happens in the brain during a hallucination?
A new study reveals a surprising brain mechanism tied to the experience of drug-induced hallucinations. These findings may even have wider implications. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D and brain health: New mechanism may explain link
A new study in mice shows a previously unknown effect of vitamin D deficiency on the brain. The findings may explain why vitamin D is key for brain health. (Medical News Today)

Bipolar and schizophrenia symptoms
Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have some similarities, but there are key differences. Diagnosis and treatment options vary. Here, learn more about the two conditions and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Restoring brain circuitry to improve symptoms
Researchers finally zero in on the brain network that drives the severity of negative symptoms in schizophrenia and suggest a noninvasive treatment. (Medical News Today)

Have researchers found a new risk factor for schizophrenia?
New research draws a link between infection with the Epstein-Barr virus and schizophrenia, though cause and effect relationships remain unclear. (Medical News Today)

3 common drugs can reduce severe mental health symptoms
Three common drugs typically prescribed for cardiovascular problems or diabetes could also help fight the symptoms of severe mental health conditions. (Medical News Today)

This form of brain training may help treat severe schizophrenia
New research finds that targeted cognitive training improves verbal and auditory outcomes in people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk
New research confirms that there is a link between vitamin D deficiency in early life and an increased risk of developing schizophrenia later on. (Medical News Today)

Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise
A new study finds a neural signature that might help identify who will go on to develop schizophrenia. Earlier detection could improve outcomes. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: 'Resyncing' brain circuits could halt symptoms
'Resyncing' brain circuits in an adult mouse model of schizophrenia eliminated some neural and behavioral symptoms of the disorder, a new study found. (Medical News Today)

Cannabis and some conditions hasten brain aging
A study of blood flow in 128 brain regions in 30,000 people aged 0–105 years has identified behaviors and disorders that speed up brain aging. (Medical News Today)

What to know about phantom smells (phantosmia)
Phantosmia is when someone thinks they notice a smell that is not there. Phantosmia is also called a phantom smell or an olfactory hallucination. Sinus problems, seizures, stroke, and schizophrenia can cause phantom smells. Learn about types, symptoms, and treatment of phantosmia and related conditions here. (Medical News Today)

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?
The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin have been linked to pair-bonding, but can they help to improve impaired social behavior? A new study investigates. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: The placenta may explain risk
The placenta may explain why some people genetically predisposed to schizophrenia go on to develop the disorder, while others don't. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find cell types behind schizophrenia
A study that compares hundreds of schizophrenia-related genes with gene maps of brain cell types locates the few cell types behind the disease's biology. (Medical News Today)

What are delusions of grandeur?
A delusion of grandeur is a false belief in one’s importance or greatness. A person may believe, for instance, that they are famous, can end world wars, or that they are immortal. Grandiose delusions are often caused by mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, but can also result from dementia or brain damage. (Medical News Today)

What is dissociative identity disorder?
Dissociative identity disorder is a condition where one person develops multiple personalities or identities. It used to be called multiple personality disorder. In this article, learn about the causes and risk factors, as well as how it is treated. We also list the symptoms and how it is diagnosed using the DSM-5. (Medical News Today)

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