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For patients with schizophrenia, some drug combinations may be more effective than others
Patients with schizophrenia are often treated with more than one type of psychiatric medication, but a new study suggests that some combinations may be more effective than others. (2019-02-20)
Potential link between vitamin D deficiency and loss of brain plasticity
University of Queensland research may explain why vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia. (2019-02-19)
Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI identified as a potential biomarker for psychosis
Researchers have shown that a type of magnetic resonance imaging -- called neuromelanin-sensitive MRI (NM-MRI) -- is a potential biomarker for psychosis. (2019-02-18)
Brain discovery explains a great mystery of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
One of the great mysteries of neuroscience may finally have an answer: Scientists have identified a potential explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. (2019-02-15)
The ways of wisdom in schizophrenia
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine report that persons with schizophrenia scored lower on a wisdom assessment than non-psychiatric comparison participants, but that there was considerable variability in levels of wisdom, and those with higher scores displayed fewer psychotic symptoms. (2019-02-14)
Machine learning algorithm helps in the search for new drugs
Researchers have designed a machine learning algorithm for drug discovery which has been shown to be twice as efficient as the industry standard, which could accelerate the process of developing new treatments for disease. (2019-02-11)
Excess immune pruning of synapses in neural cells derived from patients with schizophrenia
A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds evidence that the process of synaptic pruning, a normal part of brain development during adolescence, is excessive in individuals with schizophrenia. (2019-02-04)
BIDMC researchers ID, treat faulty brain circuitry underlying symptoms of schizophrenia
In a first-of-its-kind study, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers determined the underlying anatomical cause of certain symptoms of schizophrenia, then ameliorated them with non-invasive brain stimulation. (2019-01-30)
Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease. (2019-01-29)
Copy number variants contribute to risk of 'schizophrenia-like' bipolar disorder subtype
A form of rare genomic structural variation called copy number variants (CNVs) may be more closely associated with schizophrenia than bipolar disorder. (2019-01-24)
Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders
Researchers in the University of Helsinki have identified two novel anxiety-related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs. (2019-01-23)
Inability to integrate reward info contributes to undervalued rewards in schizophrenia
People with schizophrenia have a hard time integrating information about a reward -- the size of the reward and the probability of receiving it -- when assessing its value, according to a study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. (2019-01-22)
The cerebellum's hidden roles in social and reward-driven behavior
The cerebellum may regulate sociability and reward-driven behavior by controlling the release of dopamine, according to a new study. (2019-01-17)
New findings reveal surprising role of the cerebellum in reward and social behaviors
A study in rodents found that the brain's cerebellum -- known to play a role in motor coordination -- also helps control the brain's reward circuitry. (2019-01-17)
Genetic variants implicated in development of schizophrenia
Genetic variants damaging neurotransmitter receptor implicated in development of schizophrenia. (2019-01-17)
Schizophrenia linked to genetic structural abnormality in adolescent brain
Schizophrenia could be caused by a genetic mutation that causes a structural abnormality in the brain during adolescence. (2019-01-16)
Advances in the study of drugs to combat cognitive impairment in schizophrenia
A study by the UPV/EHU has assessed the effectiveness of various drugs, which are used to delay cognitive deterioration in patients with Alzheimer's, in improving cognitive impairment displayed by patients with schizophrenia. (2019-01-15)
B-group vitamins can improve concentration among people with first episode psychosis
The study, led by Dr Colin O'Donnell, now at Letterkenny University Hospital, and Dr Kelly Allott from Orygen, explored the impact of increasing a person's intake of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid [vitamin B9] after studies in people with schizophrenia revealed that increased intake of these vitamins could decrease patients' levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and improve their symptoms. (2019-01-14)
Schizophrenia linked with abnormal immune response to Epstein-Barr virus
New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. (2019-01-09)
Widely used physical health drugs may help treat serious mental illness
Medications commonly used to combat physical health diseases, such as high blood pressure, could bring significant benefits to people with serious mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or non-affective psychoses, according to a large cohort study led by UCL. (2019-01-09)
Prefrontal cortex development and mental illness
Faulty wiring of the prefrontal cortex during development leads to abnormal brain activity and cognitive impairments related to mental illness, according to a mouse study published in JNeurosci. (2019-01-07)
Study shows the brains of people with schizophrenia-related disorders aren't all the same
A new multi-site brain imaging study in The American Journal of Psychiatry shows that sub-groups of people use their brains differently when imitating emotional faces -- a task that reflects their ability to interact socially. (2019-01-04)
The brain's support cells show defective development in Huntington's disease
The neurological disorder Huntington's disease causes behavioral and motor changes, which among other things are a result of dysfunctional maturation or formation of glial cells, the brain's support cells, researchers from the University of Copenhagen demonstrate in a new study based on mice trials. (2018-12-21)
People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, 'body maps' show
Vanderbilt University researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. (2018-12-21)
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)
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