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Health News - Schizophrenia

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)

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)

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