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2010-03-01 15:41:04

Offspring of two parents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear more likely to develop the same illness or another psychiatric condition than those with only one parent with psychiatric illness, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The offspring of two parents with psychiatric illness represent an extremely high-risk group, according to background information in the article. Studying these children permits...

2010-02-24 14:32:52

Schizophrenia is an incredibly complex and profoundly debilitating disorder that typically manifests in early adulthood but is thought to arise, at least in part, from pathological disturbances occurring during very early brain development. Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the February 25 issue of the journal Neuron, manipulates a known schizophrenia susceptibility gene in the brains of fetal mice to begin to unravel the complex link between prenatal brain development and...

2010-02-01 18:27:19

Potentially beneficial brain changes (an increase in the volume of an area known as the hippocampus) occur in response to exercise both in patients with schizophrenia and healthy controls, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The findings suggest that the brain retains some plasticity, or ability to adapt, even in those with psychotic disorders. Schizophrenia is known to be associated with a reduced volume in the...

2010-01-28 12:44:55

New TAU study shows early intervention could prevent mind altering disorder The onset of schizophrenia is not easy to predict. Although it is associated with as many as 14 genes in the human genome, the prior presence of schizophrenia in the family is not enough to determine whether one will succumb to the mind-altering condition. The disease also has a significant environmental link. According to Prof. Ina Weiner of Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychology, the developmental disorder,...

2010-01-21 14:15:04

Years before adults develop schizophrenia, there is a pattern of cognitive difficulties they experience as children, including problems with verbal reasoning, working memory, attention and processing speed. Drawing on a long-term study of more than 1,000 New Zealanders born from 1972 to 1973, a team led by Duke researchers has found a consistent pattern of developmental difficulties that first appeared when adult study subjects with schizophrenia were 7 years old. "The proportion of kids who...

2010-01-19 19:15:14

People who inherit a specific form of a gene that puts them on a road to schizophrenia may be protected against some forms of cancer, according to a new study by scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The MET proto-oncogene is activated in a variety of tumor malignancies. The gene has recently also been linked to autism and has a role in neurodevelopment, which is why Katherine E. Burdick, PhD and her colleagues decided to look for a relationship between MET and...

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2010-01-15 08:30:00

A new study has found no link in the theory that the flu pandemic of 1957 caused a risk for schizophrenia. Researchers performed an analysis of studies from Europe, Australia, Japan and the U.S., leading them to find no evidence of a higher-than-normal risk of schizophrenia among people born in the nine months after the 1957 flu pandemic. The research was reported in the Schizophrenia Bulletin. The findings conflict with earlier studies linking the same pandemic to a heightened...

2010-01-05 15:54:52

Mouse study links timing of expression to various abnormalities Scientists have long eyed mutations in a gene known as DISC1 as a possible contributor to schizophrenia and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Now, new research led by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that perturbing this gene during prenatal periods, postnatal periods or both may have different effects in mice, leading to separate types of brain alterations and behaviors with resemblance to...

2010-01-05 11:07:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- EnVivo Pharmaceuticals today announced the initiation and dosing of patients in a Phase 2b study of its EVP-6124 compound, a selective alpha-7 nicotinic agonist in patients with schizophrenia. EnVivo is conducting the multi-center, dose ranging, placebo controlled, three-month study in the U.S. and Europe. The study is designed to determine the safety and efficacy of EVP-6124 in producing procognitive effects and improving executive function in...

2009-12-09 07:29:54

Researchers Use Biomarkers to Identify Emerging Illness at Early Stage Identifying visual and auditory sensory deficits in adolescents who are just beginning to develop schizophrenia might help restore sensory function and prevent illness development altogether, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Researchers found that impairment in basic sensory processing abilities cause many of the more complicated cognitive...