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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...

2009-09-08 07:15:21

Findings may help predict disease progression and provide opportunities for more targeted drug development to block mechanism In the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of its kind, neurologists and psychiatrists at Columbia University have identified an area of the brain involved in the earliest stages of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders. Activity in this specific region of the hippocampus may help predict the onset of the disease, offering opportunities for...

2009-07-10 12:05:00

22nd Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), 12 - 16 September 2009, Istanbul, TurkeyProfessor William T. Carpenter from the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA, will present the major directions of current scientific activities and point to the clinical implications of this paradigm shift, which is influencing virtually all aspects of schizophrenia research. He will explain that impaired cognition and negative...

2009-07-08 12:46:24

U.S. researchers say they are mapping the dimensions of human brain structures to improve the diagnosis of mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Northwestern University Professor John Csernansky, who is leading the study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, said the research will involve 100 participants, half with early-stage schizophrenia and half who are healthy. During the two-year study the researchers plan to regularly map participants' brain topography with magnetic...

2009-07-08 13:55:00

Same region on chromosome as immune functionFor the first time, an international group of researchers has found genetic evidence linking schizophrenia to a specific region of DNA "“ on chromosome 6. This is the same area where key genes for immune function are located. The LSUHSC research team was led by Nancy Buccola, APRN, PMH CNS-BC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, who also coordinated the ten clinical sites. The work, Common...

2009-07-06 18:54:20

U.S and European researchers suggest the immune system and schizophrenia may be linked at the cellular level. The study, published in the journal Nature, found three common genetic variants they suggest may predispose certain people to schizophrenia, as well as a link between the disease and pathways having to do with impaired cognitive and memory functions. This is another step forward in understanding the biological basis of this disorder, one that robs people of their lives, co-lead author...

2009-07-01 12:20:00

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The largest study of the genetics of schizophrenia ever undertaken has revealed several new common single-letter variants in the sequence of the human genome (SNPs) linked to risk of the disease. The study, by a multinational consortium of scientists led by a team from deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN), analyzed the genomes of more than 50,000 patients and control participants from fourteen countries. It is published today in the online...