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It has been nearly a century since the term "schizophrenia" was first used to describe what was then considered a hopeless and incurable disorder of thought and emotion.
UNC researchers are the first to identify brain abnormalities in children at high risk for schizophrenia shortly after birth.
Defects in insulin function â€“ which occur in diabetes and obesity â€“ could directly contribute to psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.
Exposure to the common virus that causes cold sores may be partially responsible for shrinking regions of the brain and the loss of concentration skills, memory, coordinated movement and dexterity widely seen in patients with schizophrenia.
TITUSVILLE, N.J., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new survey sponsored by Janssen,Â® Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, 80 percent of patients with schizophrenia, a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder, say their psychiatrists do well or very well in treating them with courtesy and respect.
-- Study Finds Deletions and Repeats in DNA Sequences -- PHILADELPHIA, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By analyzing the genomes of patients with schizophrenia, genetics researchers have discovered numerous copy number variations -- deletions or duplications of DNA sequences -- that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.
By analyzing the genomes of patients with schizophrenia, genetics researchers have discovered numerous copy number variationsâ€”deletions or duplications of DNA sequencesâ€”that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia.
The strongest known recurrent genetic cause of schizophrenia impairs communications between the brain's decision-making and memory hubs, resulting in working memory deficits, according to a study in mice.
In what may provide the most compelling evidence to date, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have illuminated how a genetic variant may lead to schizophrenia by causing a disruption in communication between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex regions of the brain, areas believed to be responsible for carrying out working memory.
In one of the first such studies involving human patients with schizophrenia, researchers at UC Davis have provided evidence that deficits in a brain chemical may be responsible for some of the debilitating cognitive deficits â€” poor attention, memory and problem-solving abilities â€” that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of the disorder.
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