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Immune Genes Tune Schizophrenia Risk and Brain Development
28 January 2016. A new study connects three seemingly separate observations about schizophrenia...

Study Proposes New Way to Study Psychotic Illness
15 January 2016. A major complication in finding better treatments for severe mental illness is that the diagnostic categories do not map onto any known brain biology...

Study Probes Brain Circuitry of Anhedonia
6 January 2016. Many people with depression and schizophrenia no longer find pleasure in or motivation for things they used to enjoy...

Methylation Marks Sites of Schizophrenia Risk
15 December 2015. A brain cell and a skin cell have a common ancestor cell and contain the same genetic DNA code, so why are they so different?...

New Study Complicates Infection Link to Psychosis
2 December 2015. Studies have shown that women who have infections during pregnancy are more likely to bear children who many years later have a psychotic disorder...

Immune Cells Linked to Psychosis
18 November 2015. A new study points to brain cells called microglia as contributors to psychosis symptoms...

Bipolar Neurons Show Signs of Disease, Predict Response to Lithium
4 November 2015. Lithium is effective at calming the mania associated with bipolar disorder—when it works...

The Brain Circuitry of Relational Memory Impairment in Schizophrenia
28 October 2015. People with schizophrenia tend to perform poorly on tests of long-term memory that require establishing relationships between items...

Thalamus Connections May Hold Hint of Future Psychosis
25 September 2015. Prior to a first episode of psychosis, a person usually experiences milder symptoms for months or even years...

Immune Activation Simmers in Schizophrenia Brain
4 September 2015. An immune activation simmers in the brains of those with schizophrenia...

Non-Invasive Stimulation Reworks Brain Waves, Improves Cognition
19 August 2015. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can induce normal neural activity and improve flexible thinking in people with schizophrenia...

Brief Glitch in Brain Development Leaves Enduring Mark
29 July 2015. A transient glitch early in brain development can have long-lasting consequences...

Finding Depression Genes in the Most Severely Affected
29 July 2015. A multinational collaboration narrowed a pool of study patients to women with schizophrenia in China with the most severe and stubborn form of depression...

Can Smoking Tobacco Lead to Schizophrenia?
7 July 2015. A new trio of population-based studies suggests that tobacco use may actually increase one's risk for developing schizophrenia...

Clozapine Study Yields New Clues to Treating Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia
16 June 2015. Of all the symptoms of schizophrenia, cognitive issues are among the most disabling and currently have no effective treatments...

Large Study Confirms Major Hypotheses in Schizophrenia Research
10 June 2015. Although researchers don't yet have a good picture of what causes schizophrenia, they do know that both genetics and environment play a role...

Cognitive Training Boosts Work Ability in Severe Mental Illness
9 June 2015. One of the most disabling aspects of schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses is that symptoms can make it difficult or impossible to work...

Schizophrenia Risk Gene Linked to Neuronal Communication Problems
26 May 2015. Small changes in the gene encoding microRNA-137 (miR-137) appear to increase risk for schizophrenia as well as autism spectrum disorders...

Surprising Mechanism of Action Identified for Promising Schizophrenia Drug
10 May 2015. Much of the recent research surrounding new treatments for schizophrenia has focused on boosting the brain’s level of the neurotransmitter glutamate...

Genetic Disorder Points to Cellular Communication Problems in Schizophrenia
4 May 2015. The loss of a small piece of chromosome 22 leads to a developmental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the heart, brain, muscles, and other bodily systems...

Neurotransmitter Levels Lower in Older People With Schizophrenia
17 April 2015. Research from postmortem brain tissue has long suggested that people with schizophrenia have abnormalities in a particular kind of brain cell...

New Role Uncovered for Mental Illness Protein DISC1
10 April 2015. Researchers have identified yet another function for the disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) protein...

Digging Deeper Into the Cause of Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia
11 March 2015. Researchers have found strong evidence that abnormalities in a particular type of cell play a big role in cognitive difficulties...

Imaging Study Confirms Long-Suspected Schizophrenia Hypothesis
4 March 2015. Evidence has suggested that dopamine alterations are more complex than originally thought...

Studies Probe Brain Changes in Early Schizophrenia
24 February 2015. Two new studies provide insights into the structural and functional abnormalities found in the brains of people who have recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia...

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