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A role for microRNAs in social behavior
Researchers have uncovered a microRNA cluster that regulates synaptic strength and is involved in the control of social behavior in mammals. (2018-12-14)
Levels of gene-expression-regulating enzyme altered in brains of people with schizophrenia
A study using a PET scan tracer developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified, for the first time, epigenetic differences between the brains of living individuals with schizophrenia and those of unaffected study participants. (2018-12-14)
Illuminating the brain architecture of neuropsychiatric risk: The latest from PsychENCODE
Neuropsychiatric disorders have highly complex causes that involve hundreds of genes -- a feature that hindered development of related treatments. (2018-12-13)
In the developing brain, scientists find roots of neuropsychiatric diseases
The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. (2018-12-13)
Scientists create genomic resource to explore biological underpinnings of brain disorders
A team of researchers, including scientists from UNC School of Medicine, has developed a model of unprecedented sophistication that relates variations in DNA and gene activity to the risk of brain disorders. (2018-12-13)
Researchers uncover molecular mechanisms linked to autism and schizophrenia
Two UCLA-led studies published in Science have linked DNA changes to their molecular effects in the brain, uncovering new mechanisms for psychiatric diseases. (2018-12-13)
Link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed
Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, a team of Australian and Danish researchers has reported. (2018-12-06)
Link between newborns with vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed
Newborns with Vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, researchers from Aarhus University and the University of Queensland report. (2018-12-06)
Targeted cognitive training benefits patients with severe schizophrenia
Researchers find that patients with severe, refractory schizophrenia benefit from targeted cognitive therapy, improving auditory and verbal outcomes and the way they process information. (2018-12-06)
Friend or foe? Brain area that controls social memory also triggers aggression
Columbia scientists have identified a brain region that helps tell an animal when to attack an intruder and when to accept it into its home. (2018-12-05)
Researchers alleviate Schizophrenia symptoms in new mouse models
In a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lin Mei, MD, PhD, asked, does all the tinkering in young mice hamper their brain development, causing schizophrenia-like symptoms? (2018-11-30)
In vitro cell culture findings could lead to novel interventions for Schizophrenia
A recent study has shown how using cultured cells from patients with psychotic disorders to investigate abnormalities in nerve connections in the brain could lead to new treatments. (2018-11-30)
Keep it complex: Study shows that previous research oversimplified Schizophrenia symptoms
Negative symptoms in schizophrenia can be so disabling that they interfere with a person's ability to attend school, begin a fulfilling career, and even live independently. (2018-11-27)
Brain activity pattern may be early sign of schizophrenia
MIT neuroscientists have identified a pattern of brain activity that is correlated with development of schizophrenia, which they say could be used as marker to diagnose the disease earlier. (2018-11-08)
Researchers use genetics to predict response to antipsychotic medications
Genetics can be used to predict a patient's response to antipsychotic drug treatment for schizophrenia, according to a recent study by investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. (2018-11-05)
'Master key' gene has links to both ASD and schizophrenia
Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences analyze mice partially lacking MIR-137. (2018-11-05)
Research uncovers key differences in brains of women and men with schizophrenia
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found clear disparities in the way males and females--both those with schizophrenia and those who are healthy--discern the mental states of others. (2018-10-30)
How LSD changes perception
LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, a new study by researchers of the University of Zurich and Yale University shows. (2018-10-30)
Adolescent THC exposure alters neurons/gene networks associated with psychosis risk
Adolescent THC exposure reduces the branching of prefrontal cortical neurons and the number of spines, which are critical for cellular communication. (2018-10-17)
Researchers use brain cells in a dish to study genetic origins of schizophrenia
A study in Biological Psychiatry has established a new analytical method for investigating the complex genetic origins of mental illnesses using brain cells that are grown in a dish from human embryonic stem cells. (2018-10-16)
Recognizing the uniqueness of different individuals with schizophrenia
Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia differ greatly from one another. Researchers from Radboud university medical center, along with colleagues from England and Norway, have demonstrated that very few identical brain differences are shared amongst different patients. (2018-10-10)
European Psychiatric Association (EPA) comprehensive review demonstrates that exercise is an effective treatment for major mental health conditions and should form a core part of treatment
Based on compelling evidence from a meta-review of existing research, the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) has issued new guidelines to promote exercise as a key additional treatment for mental health conditions. (2018-10-01)
Rare genetic disorders more complex than thought
Wellcome Sanger Institute scientists have found that the genetic causes of rare neurodevelopmental disorders vary more than previously thought. (2018-09-26)
Genomic dark matter activity connects Parkinson's and psychiatric diseases
Using a new technique known as laser-capture RNA seq, that involves cutting out dopamine neurons from a human brain section with a laser, investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School have cataloged more than 70,000 novel elements active in these brain cells. (2018-09-20)
Smart pills dumb down medical care, experts warn
Enthusiasm for an emerging digital health tool, the smart pill, is on the rise but researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have published a paper in the American Journal of Bioethics that cautions health care providers and policymakers to slow down when it comes to allowing this technology in patient care settings. (2018-09-20)
Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia
Today, a decisive step in understanding schizophrenia has been taken. (2018-09-17)
Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients
Common genetic variants may underlie autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia across human populations, according to a study appearing Sept. (2018-09-11)
Dopamine receptor study offers hope for improved treatments with fewer side effects
New work from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons sheds light on how dopamine receptors signal within cells, opening the door for more targeted -- and more tolerable -- therapeutics to treat an array of neuropsychiatric disorders. (2018-08-31)
Now we can see brain cells 'talk' -- and that will shed light on neurological diseases
Scientists have developed a way to see brain cells talk -- to actually see neurons communicate in bright, vivid color. (2018-08-30)
Friends who are former smokers is key to helping people with serious mental illness quit
An estimated 53 percent of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) smoke, whereas, only 18 percent of adults in the general population smoke. (2018-08-23)
Predicting work status in patients with schizophrenia
Osaka University-led Japanese researchers clarified that intellectual deterioration (IQ decline) was related to work status in patients with schizophrenia. (2018-08-21)
Largest brain study of 62,454 scans identifies drivers of brain aging
In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists from Amen Clinics (Costa Mesa, CA), Google, John's Hopkins University, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging. (2018-08-21)
Evolutionary changes in the human brain may have led to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
The same aspects of relatively recent evolutionary changes that make us prone to bad backs and impacted third molars may have generated long, noncoding stretches of DNA that predispose individuals to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other neuropsychiatric diseases. (2018-08-09)
Map of a billion brain links reveals clues about how we think
Scientists have created an elaborate map of more than a billion brain cell connections, helping to shed light on how memories are formed and recalled. (2018-08-02)
Treatment prevents symptoms of schizophrenia in tests with rats
Researchers carried out studies in animal model that mimics condition in children and adolescents considered at risk for development of the disease in adulthood. (2018-07-12)
Machine learning helps to predict the treatment outcomes of schizophrenia
University of Alberta researchers have used artificial intelligence to help identify patients suffering from schizophrenia and to ascertain if they would respond to treatment. (2018-07-12)
Stress affects people with schizophrenia differently, CAMH study shows
Stressful situations affect the brain and body differently in people with schizophrenia compared to people without the mental illness or individuals at high risk for developing psychosis, a new CAMH study shows. (2018-07-11)
Study finds new brain pathway for escaping predators
How the zebrafish brain perceives and reacts to predators has been determined by researchers at the University of Queensland. (2018-07-05)
Neuronal 'barcodes' shape complex networks in the brain
The brain is an enormously complex organ. Understanding how billions of brain cells succeed in making precise connections is a major challenge for neuroscientists. (2018-07-05)
Prenatal exposure to folic acid fortification of foods may reduce mental illness risk
A Massachusetts General Hospital study finds that fortifying grain-based foods with folic acid -- instituted to prevent neural tube defects in infants -- may also reduce the incidence of severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia that initially appear in young adulthood. (2018-07-03)
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