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Restoring reality: Training improves brain activation and behavior in schizophrenia
A pioneering new study finds that a specific type of computerized cognitive training can lead to significant neural and behavioral improvements in individuals with schizophrenia. The research, published by Cell Press in the Feb. 23 issue of the journal Neuron, reveals that 16 weeks of intensive cognitive training is also associated with improved social functioning several months later and may have far-reaching implications for improving the quality of life for patients suffering from neuropsychiatric illness. (2012-02-22)

Internet a boost for answers to mental health
University of Melbourne researchers have found Wikipedia is the most highly rated website for accessing information on mental-health related topics. (2012-02-14)

Gene regulator in brain's executive hub tracked across lifespan -- NIH study
Scientists have tracked the activity, across the lifespan, of an environmentally responsive regulatory mechanism that turns genes on and off in the brain's executive hub. Genes implicated in schizophrenia and autism are among those in which regulatory activity peaks during an environmentally-sensitive critical period in development. The mechanism, called DNA methylation, abruptly switches from off to on within the human brain's prefrontal cortex during this pivotal transition from fetal to postnatal life. (2012-02-02)

Does Borna disease virus cause mental illness?
Over the past 30 years, numerous studies have linked Borna disease virus with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder and dementia, but study results have been inconsistent. Now, the first blinded, case-control study to examine this issue finds no association between the virus and psychiatric illness. (2012-01-31)

In schizophrenia research, a path to the brain through the nose
A significant obstacle to progress in understanding psychiatric disorders is the difficulty in obtaining living brain tissue for study so that disease processes can be studied directly. Recent advances in basic cellular neuroscience now suggest that, for some purposes, cultured neural stem cells may be studied in order to research psychiatric disease mechanisms. But where can one obtain these cells outside of the brain? (2012-01-25)

GABA deficits disturb endocannabinoid system
Changes in the endocannabinoid system may have important implications for psychiatric and addiction disorders. This brain system is responsible for making substances that have effects on brain function which resemble those of cannabis products, e.g., marijuana. (2012-01-24)

Brain activity linked to delusion-like experience in CAMH study
In a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, people with schizophrenia showed greater brain activity during tests that induce a brief, mild form of delusional thinking. This effect wasn't seen in a comparison group without schizophrenia. (2012-01-10)

URI pharmacy researcher discovers new gene that regulates body weight
While studying a brain protein related to the involuntary body movements that are side effects of drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia, a URI pharmacy professor discovered that the protein also plays a role in regulating body weight. (2012-01-04)

Schizophrenia diagnosis associated with progressive brain changes among adolescents
Adolescents diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses appear to show greater decreases in gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the frontal lobe compared to healthy adolescents without a diagnosis of psychosis, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2012-01-02)

Scripps Research scientists discover a brain cell malfunction in schizophrenia
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered that DNA stays too tightly wound in certain brain cells of schizophrenic subjects. The findings suggest that drugs already in development for other diseases might eventually offer hope as a treatment for schizophrenia and related conditions in the elderly. (2011-12-27)

Chemistry trick renews hope against killer diseases
A Copenhagen chemist discovers a novel way to battle deadly bacteria otherwise immune to antibiotics. The method? A simple chemical tweak of a known drug. (2011-12-23)

Endophenotype strategies for the study of neuropsychiatric disorders
The study of endophenotype is of particular useful for us to understand the underlying mechanism of the illness process of neuropsychiatric disorders, aiding the clinicians to make accurate diagnosis and for early detection purposes. In the special issue of Chinese Science Bulletin, 2011, Vol. 56(32), a forum is specifically aimed to address the cutting-edge research in endophenotype for neuropsychiatric disorders. It provides theoretical and clinical strategies for neuropsychiatric disorders research. (2011-12-16)

2 Pitt professors named Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Two University of Pittsburgh professors in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences -- cognition scientists Anthony Grace and Christian Schunn -- have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the contributions they have made toward the advancement of their respective fields. (2011-12-13)

GW researcher awarded NIH grant to identify molecular mechanisms to predict neurological and psychiatric diseases
Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Director of the GW Institute for Neuroscience in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify molecular mechanisms that define embryonic olfactory epithelium stem cells. (2011-12-12)

Optical illusion reveals reflexes in the brain
New research by psychologists at Queen Mary, University of London has revealed that the way we see the world might depend on reflexes in the brain. (2011-12-07)

Century-old brains may hold future of treatment for mentally ill, Indiana University pathologist says
George Sandusky, D.V.M., Ph.D., senior research professor of pathology and laboratory science at the Indiana University School of Medicine, is working to extract DNA from brains preserved more than 100 years ago. The goal is to improve diagnosis and treatment for psychological illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder using a simple blood test. (2011-12-06)

Researchers develop method for advancing development of antipsychotic drugs
Researchers interested in the treatment of schizophrenia and dementia have clarified how antipsychotic drugs that target a complex of two receptors at the surface of cells in the brain work, according to a new study published online Nov. 23 in the journal Cell. (2011-11-23)

Researchers discover clues to developing more effective antipsychotic drugs
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have identified the pattern of cell signaling induced by antipsychotic drugs in a complex composed of two brain receptors linked to schizophrenia. The discovery should allow researchers to predict the effectiveness of novel compounds for the treatment of schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders and may accelerate the development of better antipsychotic drugs. The findings are published in the Nov. 23 issue of Cell. (2011-11-23)

Caltech scientists point to link between missing synapse protein and abnormal behaviors
Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders. Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found that mice lacking a gene that encodes a particular protein found in the synapses of the brain display a number of endophenotypes associated with schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. (2011-11-23)

Tuning out: How brains benefit from meditation
Experienced meditators seem to be able switch off areas of the brain associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, according to a new brain imaging study by Yale researchers. (2011-11-21)

Picower: Schizophrenia gene associated with psychiatric disorders and brain development
A new study co-authored by Li-Huei Tsai, director of MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, and her colleagues -- Karun K. Singh, Laurel Drane, Yingwei Mao, Zachary Flood and Cillian King -- demonstrates how DISC1 variants impair signaling pathways and disrupt brain development. This work is slated to appear in the Nov. 17 issue of Neuron. (2011-11-17)

Mental illness: Probing the causes of schizophrenia, depression and anxiety
New research identifies the brain chemicals and circuits involved in mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety, giving potential new directions to their treatment. In addition, research with children shows that early-life depression and anxiety changes the structure of the developing brain. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2011, the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. (2011-11-15)

CAMH study suggests increased risk of schizophrenia in heavy methamphetamine users
In the first worldwide study of its kind, scientists from Toronto's Center for Addiction and Mental Health found evidence that heavy methamphetamine users might have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This finding was based on a large study comparing the risk among methamphetamine users not only to a group that did not use drugs, but also to heavy users of other drugs. (2011-11-08)

Tracing biological pathways
A new chemical process developed by a team of Harvard researchers greatly increases the utility of positron emission tomography in creating real-time 3-D images of chemical process occurring inside the human body. This breakthrough holds out the tantalizing possibility of using PET scans to peer into any number of functions inside the bodies of living patients by simplifying the process of creating (2011-11-04)

Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry
A research group from the University of Leeds has shown that infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 percent of the UK's population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain. (2011-11-04)

Putting the body back into the mind of schizophrenia
A new study of body ownership using the rubber hand illusion found that people with schizophrenia have a weakened sense of self awareness and produced one of the rare documented cases of a spontaneous out-of-body experience in the laboratory. (2011-10-31)

Our brains are made of the same stuff, despite DNA differences
Despite vast differences in the genetic code across individuals and ethnicities, the human brain shows a (2011-10-26)

How cannabis causes 'cognitive chaos' in the brain
Cannabis use is associated with disturbances in concentration and memory. New research by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found that brain activity becomes uncoordinated and inaccurate during these altered states of mind, leading to neurophysiological and behavioral impairments reminiscent of those seen in schizophrenia. (2011-10-25)

VTT brings top metabolics experts to Finland
VTT is seeking to create new development paths towards a healthier life. New opportunities created by metabolics in the fields of diagnostics, medical development, industrial biotechnology and environmental technology have been a part of VTT research for almost 10 years. (2011-10-21)

Rutgers establishes stem cell repository for the study of mental health disorders
Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository has established a stem cell repository for the National Institute of Mental Health that scientists say will provide better clues into the causes and treatment of mental health disorders affecting millions of Americans. (2011-10-20)

Bridging the gap
Like a bridge that spans a river to connect two major metropolises, the corpus callosum is the main conduit for information flowing between the left and right hemispheres of our brains. Now, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology have found that people who are born without that link -- a condition called agenesis of the corpus callosum, or AgCC -- still show remarkably normal communication across the gap between the two halves of their brains. (2011-10-19)

Care for mentally ill veterans is as good or better than in other health systems, study finds
A major study of the quality of mental health care provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs finds that the care provided by the VA is as good as or better than that reported by privately insured, Medicare or Medicaid populations. The study also finds that treating US veterans with mental illness and substance use disorders is more expensive than caring for veterans with other medical conditions, costing more than $12 billion in 2007. (2011-10-19)

Penn team links schizophrenia genetics to disruption in how brain processes sound
What links genetic differences to changes in altered brain activity in schizophrenia is not clear. Now, three labs have come together using electrophysiological, anatomical, and immunohistochemical approaches -- along with a unique high-speed imaging technique -- to understand how schizophrenia works at the cellular level, especially in identifying how changes in the interaction between different types of nerve cells leads to symptoms of the disease. (2011-10-13)

Differing structures underlie differing brain rhythms in healthy and ill
Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report. The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms - the oscillating patterns of electrical activity in the brain recorded on electroencephalograms - from both healthy and ill individuals. (2011-10-13)

By reprogramming skin cells into brain cells, scientists gain new insights into mental disorders
By reprogramming skin cells from patients with mental disorders, scientists are creating brain cells that are now providing extraordinary insights into afflictions like schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. (2011-10-12)

CAMH study confirms genetic link to suicidal behavior
A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found evidence that a specific gene is linked to suicidal behavior, adding to our knowledge of the many complex causes of suicide. This research may help doctors one day target the gene in prevention efforts. (2011-10-07)

New data-mining effort launched to study mental disorders
Chicago will be home to a new $13.75 million project that will apply data mining methods to better understand the genetic and environmental factors behind neuropsychiatric disorders. The Sylvio O. Conte Center, a multi-institutional effort based at the University of Chicago, will combine the statistical power of pre-existing genetics, pharmacogenomics, text-mining, and clinical record databases to confront diseases that have so far frustrated researchers. (2011-10-06)

Sociability may depend upon brain cells generated in adolescence
Mice become profoundly anti-social when the creation of new brain cells is interrupted in adolescence, a surprising finding that may help researchers understand schizophrenia and other mental disorders, Yale researchers report. (2011-10-04)

Severely impaired schizophrenics enter dynamic cycle of recovery after cognitive therapy
For the first time, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that a psychosocial treatment can significantly improve daily functioning and quality of life in the lowest-functioning cases of schizophrenia. (2011-10-03)

Atypical antipsychotics may aid symptons for some off-label uses, but not others
Atypical antipsychotic medications, developed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are frequently prescribed for many off-label uses. A new study finds that medical evidence suggests the drugs are effective in reducing symptoms for some off-label conditions, but not others. (2011-09-27)

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