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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...

2009-06-22 22:19:31

U.S. researchers suggest brain white matter may help predict schizophrenia development. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry, used diffusion tensor imaging -- a form of brain imaging that detects movement of water molecules along white matter tracts -- to map brain pathways. We found that healthy subjects showed a normal and expected increase in measures indexing white matter integrity in the temporal lobe as they age, but young people at high-risk for psychosis showed no such...

2009-06-22 11:55:11

White matter 'integrity' may be predictive of functional outcomeSchizophrenia, a chronic and debilitating disorder marked in part by auditory hallucinations and paranoia, can strike in late adolescence or early adulthood at a time when people are ready to stand on their own two feet as fully independent adults.Now scientists at UCLA think they are beginning to understand one important piece of this puzzle. In the first study of its kind, the researchers used a novel form of brain imaging to...

2009-06-22 10:08:33

People with schizophrenia die from cancer four times as often as people in the general population. That was the conclusion of a new study published in the August 1, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results suggest that extra efforts should be made to improve cancer prevention and early detection in patients with schizophrenia.Schizophrenia is associated with an increased incidence of premature death, in part due to a high rate of...

2009-06-09 13:36:48

When mothers become infected with influenza during their pregnancy, it may increase the risk for schizophrenia in their offspring. Influenza is a very common virus and so there has been substantial concern about this association. A new study in the June 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier suggests that the observed association depends upon a pre-existing vulnerability in the fetus.Specifically, Dr. Lauren Ellman and colleagues determined that fetal exposure to influenza...


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