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2009-06-09 13:36:48

When mothers become infected with influenza during their pregnancy, it may increase the risk for schizophrenia in their offspring. Influenza is a very common virus and so there has been substantial concern about this association. A new study in the June 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier suggests that the observed association depends upon a pre-existing vulnerability in the fetus.Specifically, Dr. Lauren Ellman and colleagues determined that fetal exposure to influenza...

2009-05-14 09:49:51

Insight into early problems may aid understanding of disease development, diagnosis and treatment WASHINGTON "” Significant and widespread cognitive problems appear to exist in schizophrenia in its earliest phase, making it very hard for people with the disorder to work, study or be social, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Understanding the early and central role of cognitive problems may help clinicians to more accurately diagnose incipient...

2009-05-12 12:08:09

A U.S. study has linked a potassium brain channel gene to schizophrenia, suggesting a molecular treatment target for the mental illness. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, led by Dr. Daniel Weinberger, found the expression of a previously unknown form of a potassium channel gene was 2.5 times higher than normal in the brains of people with schizophrenia. The NIMH scientists and colleagues at the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development said they found...

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2009-05-06 09:05:29

Blocking errant protein could stem runaway brain activity in psychosis A study on schizophrenia has implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Expression of a previously unknown form of a key such potassium channel was found to be 2.5 fold higher than normal in the brain memory hub of people with the chronic mental illness and linked to a hotspot of genetic variation. An extensive series of experiments...

2009-04-09 12:44:47

U.S. geneticists say they've identified a specific DNA change that is likely to increase the risk of some people developing schizophrenia. The researchers, led by Rutgers University Professor Linda Brzustowicz, said the gene, NOS1AP (previously known as CAPON) provides a potential mechanism that might be a point of entry for drug therapy, consistent with the growing trend of personalized medicine. Brzustowicz, a psychiatrist, said the research has demonstrated a functional DNA change that...

2009-04-06 09:25:36

Patients with schizophrenia are able to correctly see through an illusion known as the "Ëœhollow mask' illusion, probably because their brain disconnects "Ëœwhat the eyes see' from what "Ëœthe brain thinks it is seeing', according to a joint UK and German study published in the journal NeuroImage. The findings shed light on why cannabis users may also be less deceived by the illusion whilst on the drug. People with schizophrenia, a mental illness affecting about...

2009-03-31 22:11:57

People with schizophrenia are more likely to also have type 2 diabetes, Medical College of Georgia researchers have found. Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick said the school's study involved 50 people newly diagnosed with schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder with no other known risk factors. The researchers found 16 percent also had either diabetes or an abnormal rate of glucose metabolism. In a similar size control group of people without schizophrenia, none had signs of or had developed the...

2009-03-31 11:03:40

 People with schizophrenia are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, Medical College of Georgia researchers have found.In a study of 50 people newly-diagnosed with schizophrenia or a related psychotic disorder with no other known risk factors, 16 percent had either diabetes or an abnormal rate of glucose metabolism, says Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick, vice chair of the MCG Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. In a similar size control group of people without schizophrenia, none had...

2009-03-30 16:41:44

Ninety-two percent of Canadians have heard of schizophrenia, but most do not understand what it is or its symptoms, a survey indicates. Sixty percent of Canadians assume that people living with schizophrenia are likely to act violently toward others, officials at the Schizophrenia Society of Canada said. While 92 percent of Canadians surveyed have heard of schizophrenia, most do not understand what it is or its symptoms. In fact, the majority confuse it with split personality disorder,...

2009-03-03 08:57:57

Schizophrenia could be caused by faulty signaling in the brain, according to new research published today Schizophrenia could be caused by faulty signaling in the brain, according to new research published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. In the biggest study of its kind, scientists looking in detail at brain samples donated by people with the condition have identified 49 genes that work differently in the brains of schizophrenia patients compared to controls. Many of these genes...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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