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Schizophrenia News
December 5, 2019

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Broccoli Sprout Compound May Restore Brain Chemistry Imbalance Linked to Schizophrenia

In a series of recently published studies using animals and people, researchers say they have further characterized a set of chemical imbalances in ... read more

Viral Infections During Pregnancy Linked to Behavioral Abnormalities in Offspring

Male and female rats whose mother experienced a simulated viral infection during pregnancy behave abnormally, consistent with behavioral alterations ... read more

Study Suggests Overdiagnosis of Schizophrenia

In a small study of patients, researchers report that about half the people referred to the clinic with a schizophrenia diagnosis didn't actually have schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic, ... read more

Advanced Paternal Age Increases Risk of Early-Onset Schizophrenia in Offspring

Advanced paternal age increases the risk in offspring of early-onset schizophrenia, a severe form of the disorder, according to a new ... read more
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Lower IQ, Family History Tied to Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

Those with a family history of schizophrenia and men with lower IQ are more likely to struggle with treatment resistant schizophrenia than others with the mental disorder, according to a new study. ... read more

Schizophrenia Risk Gene Linked to Cognitive Deficits in Mice

Researchers have discovered in mice how one of the few genes definitively linked to schizophrenia, called SETD1A, likely confers risk for the illness. Mice genetically engineered to lack a ... read more

New Insights Into Biological Underpinnings of Schizophrenia

Researchers have implicated 10 new genes in the development of schizophrenia using a method called whole exome sequencing, the analysis of the portion of DNA that codes for proteins. A global ... read more

Preventing the Onset of Schizophrenia in Mouse Model

Although predisposing processes occur earlier, schizophrenia breaks out at young adulthood, suggesting it might involve a pathological transition during late brain development in predisposed ... read more

The Neurobiological Mechanisms Behind Schizophrenia May Depend on Gender

The neurobiological pathophysiology of schizophrenia differs significantly between males and females, according to a new study. The findings suggest a possible need for more sex-specific treatments ... read more

Risk of Psychotic Disorders Has Disease-Specific Brain Effects

Brain abnormalities in people at familial risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder emerge in unique patterns, despite the symptom and genetic overlap of the disorders, according to a new study. ... read more

Researchers Identify Glial Cells as Critical Players in Brain's Response to Social Stress

Exposure to violence, social conflict, and other stressors increase risk for psychiatric conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A new paper suggests that the behavior of ... read more

Disrupted Genetic Clocks in Schizophrenia-Affected Brains Reveal Clues to the Disease

Researchers studying schizophrenia-affected brains have discovered that the daily timing of gene expression is highly disrupted in the region responsible for cognition and memory. The findings could ... read more

Cannabis' Effects on Brain Neurochemistry

A new study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used ... read more

Are the 'Viral' Agents of MS, ALS and Schizophrenia Buried in Our Genome?

What if the missing 'environmental' factor in some of our deadliest neurological diseases were really written in our genome? Researchers explain how viruses ended up in our DNA -- and what ... read more

Determined DNA Hunt Reveals Schizophrenia Clue

An 18-year study using the DNA of thousands of people in India has identified a new clue in the quest for causes of schizophrenia, and for potential treatments. This study identified a gene called ... read more

Treatment Targeted at a Genetic Mutation Relieves Psychosis Symptoms

Treatment of psychosis can be targeted to a specific genetic mutation in patients with psychotic disorders. The study provides a proof-of-principle demonstration that treatments can be tailored to a ... read more

Boosting Amino Acid Derivative May Be a Treatment for Schizophrenia

Many psychiatric drugs act on the receptors or transporters of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. However, there is a great need for alternatives, and research is looking at other targets along ... read more

Physical Evidence in the Brain for Types of Schizophrenia

In a study using brain tissue from deceased human donors, researchers say they found new evidence that schizophrenia can be marked by the buildup of abnormal proteins similar to those found in the ... read more

Schizophrenia: Adolescence Is the Game-Changer

Schizophrenia may be related to the deletion syndrome. However, not everyone who has the syndrome necessarily develops psychotic symptoms. What triggers the illness? Researchers (UNIGE) have provided ... read more

The Whisper of Schizophrenia: Machine Learning Finds 'Sound' Words Predict Psychosis

Automated analysis of the two language variables -- more frequent use of words associated with sound and speaking with low semantic density, or vagueness -- can predict whether an at-risk person will ... read more

How Chronic Inflammation May Drive Down Dopamine and Motivation

A new computational method will allow scientists to measure the effects of chronic inflammation on energy availability and effort-based decision-making. The method may yield insights into how ... read more

Patients With Both Schizophrenia and Epilepsy Die Alarmingly Early

More than one in four patients with schizophrenia and epilepsy die before reaching the age of ... read more

Brain Researchers Seek 'Fingerprints' of Severe Mental Diseases

Findings from a new study of large-scale systems in the brain could improve understanding of the symptoms and causes of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and other mental illnesses. ... read more

Hotspot in the Genome May Drive Psychosis in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

A newly identified epigenetic hotspot for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may give scientists a fresh path forward for devising more effective treatments and biomarker-based screening strategies. ... read more

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