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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 ...

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 ...

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

Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism. ... Full story

EEG Test to Help Understand and Treat Schizophrenia

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have validated an EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia. The findings, published in two separate studies, offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at risk for developing mental illness later in life, as well as an approach for measuring the efficacies of different treatment options. ... Full story

Shattering the Stigma of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Oct. 24 Conference to Increase Understanding in Our Community ... Full story

Working memory hinders learning in schizophrenia

Trouble with working memory makes a distinct contribution to the difficulty people with schizophrenia sometimes have in learning, according to a new study. The researchers employed a specially designed experiment and computational models to distinguish the roles of working memory and reinforcement learning. ... Full story

RCSI Researchers Discover Clues to New Pathways for Treatment of Schizophrenia

In the brain’s communication system, nerve cells transmit messages across the synapse, the minute gap between cells. On the receiving end, the postsynaptic density (PSD) is a network of proteins suspected of playing a role in causing psychosis and mood disorders. Melanie Föcking, Ph.D. & RCSI Lecturer in Psychiatric Neuroscience led the first research to identify specific PSD-associated genes and proteins linked to schizophrenia. The study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. ... Full story

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