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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...

2009-02-10 09:13:46

A new study conducted at the Duke Institute for Genome and Sciences Policy suggests schizophrenia is in part caused by large, rare structural changes in DNA commonly called copy number variants, or CNVs. These new findings dismiss two decades of research that pointed to single letter alterations in DNA (SNPs) as possible candidates. Researchers at Duke scanned the genome of schizophrenia patients and healthy controls for SNPs and CNVs. None of the SNPs appeared significant, but several CNVs...

2009-02-03 16:41:23

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are one gene closer to understanding schizophrenia and related disorders. Reporting in the Jan. 9 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the team describes how a variation in the neuregulin 3 gene influences delusions associated with schizophrenia."Neuregulin 3 is clearly one more gene to add to the few currently known to contribute to schizophrenia," says David Valle, M.D., director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of...

2009-01-23 21:54:38

Schizophrenia may blur boundaries in the brain, causing an exaggerated focus on self, U.S. researchers suggest. A brain imaging study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University found schizophrenia may blur the boundary between internal and external realities by overactivating a brain system that is involved in self-reflection -- thus causing an exaggerated focus on self. The traditional view of schizophrenia is that the disturbed thoughts, perceptions...

2009-01-22 09:36:28

MIT study links schizophrenia to key 'default mode' brain systemSchizophrenia may blur the boundary between internal and external realities by overactivating a brain system that is involved in self-reflection, and thus causing an exaggerated focus on self, a new MIT and Harvard brain imaging study has found.The traditional view of schizophrenia is that the disturbed thoughts, perceptions and emotions that characterize the disease are caused by disconnections among the brain regions that...

2008-11-12 15:00:25

U.S. researchers hypothesize that changes in stress hormones that occur in at-risk teenagers influence gene expression in the brain linked to mental illness. A five-year, $25-million study joins the resources of Emory University in Atlanta and seven other major research universities, with the goal of identifying more precise predictors for psychosis. "This is a critical, watershed study," Elaine Walker of Emory University said in a statement. "To date, no one has systematically studied...

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2008-11-04 11:27:29

People who have ongoing psychotic incidents after smoking marijuana might exhibit premature signs of schizophrenia, researchers said Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Cannabis-induced psychosis," where the person is out of touch with reality and the symptoms continue for 48 hours, is an already recognized psychiatric diagnosis, but it is divisive, Dr. Mikkel Arendt of Aarhus University in Risskov, Denmark, concludes. There has not been much research done on the condition, and...

2008-09-09 12:00:10

Japanese researchers say they have found an area of the brain critical for memory is immature in mice bred to have a schizophrenic-like disorder. Professor Tsuyoshi Miyakawa of Kyoto University and Fujita Health University led the team of researchers with support from the Japan Science and Technology Agency. The scientists used mice bred to have genetic mutations that result in a range of abnormal behaviors similar to those of people with schizophrenia. The team found dentate gyrus...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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