Schizophrenia News
May 20, 2019

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In a series of recently published studies using animals and people, researchers say they have further characterized a set of ... 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
Researchers performed the first comprehensive analysis of the genes altered in individual brain cells of patients with Alzheimer's disease, allowing them to identify the ... 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
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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

A New Model to Trial Preventative Treatments for Schizophrenia

Neuroscientists have developed a new animal model of schizophrenia that will enable researchers around the world to better understand the disease and develop new treatments. Schizophrenia, which ... read more

African-Americans More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed With Schizophrenia, Study Finds

African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new ... read more

Bartonella and Sudden-Onset Adolescent Schizophrenia

In a new case study, researchers describe an adolescent human patient diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was found instead to have a Bartonella henselae infection (associated with cat ... read more

Improved Outlook for People of African Descent With Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

A new study means that more people of African descent who have treatment-resistant schizophrenia could be safely given the drug best proven to manage their ... read more

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. NM-MRI signal was found to be a marker of ... read more

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, ... read more

The Ways of Wisdom in Schizophrenia

Researchers 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, ... read more

Normal Brain Aging Patterns Occur at a Faster Rate in People With Psychosis

Patients with psychosis have accelerated aging of two brain networks important for general cognition -- the frontoparietal network (FPN) and cingulo-opercular network (CON) -- according to a new ... read more

Excess Immune Pruning of Synapses in Neural Cells Derived from Patients With Schizophrenia

Investigators have found evidence that the process of synaptic pruning, a normal part of brain development during adolescence, is excessive in individuals with schizophrenia. The study is the first ... read more

Researchers ID, Treat Faulty Brain Circuitry Underlying Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have determined the underlying anatomical cause of certain symptoms of schizophrenia, then ameliorated them with non-invasive brain stimulation. The ... read more

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 ... read more

Old Cells Repair Damage in the Brains of MS Patients

A new study shows that there is a very limited regeneration of cells in the brain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). These findings underline the importance of treating MS at an ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Helping Cells to Help Themselves

Diseases such as multiple sclerosis are characterized by damage to the 'myelin sheath', a protective covering wrapped around nerve cells akin to insulation around an electrical wire. ... read more

Targeting 'Hidden Pocket' for Treatment of Stroke and Seizure

By closely examining a special neuron receptor that is involved in memory, learning, and much more, researchers have identified a hidden molecular 'pocket.' By creating chemical compounds ... read more

Genetic Variants Implicated in Development of Schizophrenia

Genetic variants which prevent a neurotransmitter receptor from working properly have been implicated in the development of ... read more

Schizophrenia Can Be Caused by Structural Abnormality in Adolescent Brain Associated With Genetic Risk

Schizophrenia could be caused by a genetic mutation that causes a structural abnormality in the brain during adolescence. Therefore testing for the gene SLC39A8, and brain scans for schizophrenia ... read more

B-Group Vitamins Can Improve Concentration Among People With First Episode Psychosis

A new study 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 ... read more

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, ... read more

Schizophrenia Linked With Abnormal Immune Response to Epstein-Barr Virus

New research 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, ... read more

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