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Health News - Schizophrenia

Smoking while pregnant linked to schizophrenia in offspring
Smoking during pregnancy may affect the mental health of offspring, increasing their risk of schizophrenia by 38 percent, new research suggests. (Medical News Today)

Antipsychotic drugs are linked with an increased risk of heart attacks
A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs. (Medical News Today)

Epigenetic study of lactose intolerance may shed light on the origin of mental illness
A new study on the epigenetics of lactose intolerance may provide an approach to understanding schizophrenia and other complex, serious illnesses. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia, bipolar tied to yeast infection
Research finds a history of Candida yeast infection is more common in men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and in women with these illnesses who have memory problems. (Medical News Today)

Chemical in marijuana shows promise in treating schizophrenia
According to new research at Western University, marijuana is the ultimate contradiction; at least when it comes to schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Neuroscientists discover previously unknown function of cannabinoid receptor
The cannabinoid type 2 receptor - also called "CB2 receptor" - is a special membrane protein. Its function is to receive chemical signals that control cellular activity. (Medical News Today)

Origin of synaptic pruning process linked to learning, autism and schizophrenia identified
Research led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has identified a brain receptor that appears to initiate adolescent synaptic pruning, a process believed necessary for learning, but one that appears to... (Medical News Today)

Psychiatric symptoms impact mental health court engagement`
People living with mental illness are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. It is estimated that 1 million people with mental illnesses are arrested and booked in the U.S. each year. (Medical News Today)

Finding sheds light on what may kill neurons after stroke
Discovery paves the way for a highly specific drug target for strokes and brain injuries. (Medical News Today)

Salts in the brain control our sleep-wake cycle
Danish research is behind a new epoch-making discovery, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. (Medical News Today)

Genetic data uncovers multiple facets of schizophrenia
Four different genetic mutations appear to account for four distinct forms of schizophrenia. This could mean more targeted therapy options for 1 in 3 patients with the condition. (Medical News Today)

Pitt computational model finds new protein-protein interactions in schizophrenia
Approach Can Shed New Light on Biological Processes Affected by the Mental Illness. (Medical News Today)

Study may explain gene's role in major psychiatric disorders
Gene associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, and depression linked to brain cell death in mice. (Medical News Today)

Immuno-psychiatry: when your body makes its own angel dust - anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis
A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports structural brain damage from an autoimmune encephalitis that impairs behavior in ways that are somewhat similar to the effects of "angel dust". (Medical News Today)

The gates of serotonin: Cracking the workings of a notorious receptor
The receptor is involved in many disorders, including schizophrenia, anxiety, and chemotherapy nausea. (Medical News Today)

Smoking and schizophrenia: understanding and breaking the cycle of addiction
Smoking addiction in schizophrenia can be explained by significantly increased activation of the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), a region involved in the brain reward system. (Medical News Today)

Brain scan method may help detect autism
Many doctors and scientists think they could improve the diagnosis and understanding of autism spectrum disorders if they had reliable means to identify specific abnormalities in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Improved brain mapping tool 20 times more powerful than previous version
Salk Institute scientists have developed a new reagent to map the brain's complex network of connections that is 20 times more efficient than their previous version. (Medical News Today)

Major mental health project aims to uncover root causes of social withdrawal
A major European funding initiative aims to unpick the biological reasons underlying social withdrawal, which is a common early symptom of, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and Major Depressive... (Medical News Today)

A common brain cell shapes the nervous system in unexpected ways
More than half of our brains are made up of glial cells, which wrap around nerve fibers and insulate them--similarly to how the plastic casing of an electric cable insulates the copper wire... (Medical News Today)

For young people with schizophrenia, physical and mental exercises offer hope
Workouts appear to trigger 'Miracle-Gro for the brain' that restores connections between neurons, UCLA researchers find. (Medical News Today)

Risk allele for side effects induced by Clozapine identified
Clozapine (CLZ) is a "gold standard" drug for managing treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS), who do not respond adequately to first-line antipsychotics. (Medical News Today)

Molecular mechanism for higher brain functions and neuropsychiatric disorders
Implications for the development of new treatment strategies for neuropsychiatric disorders. (Medical News Today)

Autism genes are in all of us, new research reveals
New light has been shed on the genetic relationship between autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and ASD-related traits in the wider population, by a team of international researchers including... (Medical News Today)

Refugees have a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders
Refugees face a substantially higher risk of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, compared to non-refugee migrants from the same regions of origin, finds a study published in The BMJ. (Medical News Today)

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