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Curtailing worry reduces key schizophrenia symptom

Delusions of persecution in psychiatric patients can be reduced with just six sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a new clinical trial ...

Schizophrenia research first

Associate Professor Murray Cairns has received an $800,000 2014/15 NSW Genomics Collaborative Grant to explore better treatments for schizophrenia. ...

Widespread Dopamine Deficits Found in Brains of Patients with Schizophrenia

Columbia researchers have found evidence of reduced levels of the transmitter dopamine in the frontal cortex of patients with schizophrenia. This deficit, which affects the ability of the frontal cortex to become activated when subjects are faced with cognitive demands such as memory tasks, is most likely responsible for the cognitive deficits seen in patients with schizophrenia. ... Full story

Schizophrenia and weight gain: A new explanation?

Cannabinoids may be involved in the weight gain that occurs in people with schizophrenia who are treated with the antipsychotic olanzapine, according to a pilot study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (IUSMM) and Université de Montréal (UdeM). ... Full story

'Spark, a new public-private project created to develop a drug to fight the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia

The goal of 'Spark' is to carry out the first preclinical stages of the development of a first-in-class drug to prevent, stop and reverse the progression of cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia and other mental disorders to start trial of the candidate drug in humans by 2016 ... Full story

Study identifies biological mechanisms for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression

New research has found that common psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression share genetic risk factors related to immune function and DNA regulation. ... Full story

Too much of a bad thing: Schizophrenia onset linked to elevated neural links

By Bill Hathaway - In its chronic stage, schizophrenia is typically marked by a dearth of links between brain cells in the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for higher-order thinking. However, a new study by Yale and Chinese researchers shows that the onset of the disease — usually in the early 20s — is marked by an abnormal spike in neural connections. ... Full story

VCU researchers discover that schizophrenia risk is diminished by high IQ

High intelligence could protect against the development of schizophrenia in people who have a genetic predisposition for the disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden. ... Full story

Brain network may be vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

Oxford University researchers have found a network of brain regions that appears to be more vulnerable to unhealthy ageing – such as Alzheimer's disease – and also seems susceptible to disorders that emerge in young people, such as schizophrenia. ... Full story

Schizophrenia May Be Triggered By Excess Protein, Rutgers Study Finds

Neuroscientist Bonnie Firestein says too much causes abnormalities in brain development ... Full story

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