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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...

2009-11-18 10:15:00

Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have discovered that patients with recent-onset schizophrenia have higher levels of inflammatory substances in their brains. Their findings offer hope of being able to treat schizophrenia with drugs that affect the immune system. The causes of schizophrenia are largely unknown, and this hinders the development of effective treatments. One theory is that infections caught early on in life might increase the risk of developing...

2009-10-26 21:40:37

A new study by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King's College London has discovered abnormalities in the white matter of the brain that seem to be critical for the timing of schizophrenia. The study, led by Professor Phillip McGuire and Dr Sophia Frangou, has been published in this month's edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. The white matter of the brain consists of nerve fibers that connect parts of the brain and help regulate behavior. The normal brain develops...

2009-10-22 13:11:50

Last year the UK government reclassified cannabis from a class C to a class B drug, partly out of concerns that cannabis, especially the more potent varieties, may increase the risk of schizophrenia in young people. But the evidence for the relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis remains controversial. A new study has determined that it may be necessary to stop thousands of cannabis users in order to prevent a single case of schizophrenia. Scientists from Bristol,...

2009-09-14 07:12:16

Press conference at the 22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Sept. 14, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey Schizophrenia is a major public health problem. Affecting almost 1% of the world's population, it takes an enormous economic and social toll in addition to the distress, dysfunction, disability and mortality for those afflicted with this disease. Elements of the disease are present from birth, other aspects emerge during developmental years, and the illness becomes fully...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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