Schizophrenia News

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Tested for HIV

December 6th, 2014
People with mental health disorders are more likely to get tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a new report by Penn Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, those with the most severe ...

Mental Illness Seen as Barrier to Breast Cancer Screens

December 3rd, 2014
New research discovers that women experiencing anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness are less likely to be screened for breast cancer. The new U.K. study is published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych). Experts say prior studies have shown people ...

Paranoia Explored in Cannabis Study

November 30th, 2014
Recent findings are helping to explain cannabis's paranoia-inducing effects. The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. It is well known that THC impairs cognitive functioning. But studies of other effects on the brain have yielded conflicting results. Professor Daniel Freeman of ...

Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...

New Hope for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

November 8th, 2014
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered a genetic biomarker that could help identify schizophrenia patients who are resistant to antipsychotic drugs (about 30 percent of all schizophrenia patients). “Many treatment-resistant patients are not identified as such and are treated ...

One-Fifth of Schizophrenia Cases Could Involve Parasite

November 2nd, 2014
The hypotheses that schizophrenia may be linked to Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) -- a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat, and cat feces -- is still viewed with skepticism. A new study, however, suggests that about one-fifth of cases may involve the ...

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This work was ...

Social Media Can Connect Those with Severe Mental Illness

October 20th, 2014
People with severe mental health issues are willing to go online and share stories to provide support for others with similar conditions. Researchers found people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder are comfortable using a social media website like YouTube to provide ...