Schizophrenia News

Mice Study Suggests Some Disorders May Be Tied to 4-Hour Cycles

February 23rd, 2015
A new animal study finds that four-hour cycles driven by the neurotransmitter dopamine may be implicated in the disturbed sleep-wake cycles of some mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The study, led by Kai-Florian Storch, Ph.D., of the Douglas Mental Health ...

Higher Risk of Birth Defects in Babies of Teen Dads

February 19th, 2015
The babies of teen fathers have surprisingly high levels of DNA mutations, which may help explain why the children of adolescent dads have a higher risk for disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and spina bifida, according to a new study by the ...

Dramatic Brain Changes May Help Explain Teen Risk-Taking

February 15th, 2015
Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic changes in the brain that allow elaborate planning, according to new research. A neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that teenage brains are driven by the need for ...

Gut Bacteria May Affect Appetite

February 10th, 2015
Scientists have discovered a possible link between eating disorders and specific types of bacteria in the intestines. The biological mechanisms behind eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are unknown. So a team led by Dr. Serguei Fetissov from ...

Different Mental Disorders Show Similar Gray Matter Loss

February 8th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a common pattern of gray matter loss in a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, ranging from schizophrenia to depression to addiction, according to a new meta-analysis of brain-imaging studies by Stanford University School of Medicine. "The idea that these disorders share ...

Eight Different Types of Schizophrenia

February 5th, 2015
A group of researchers from Spain and the U.S. have found that schizophrenia is actually a group of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms. Scientists from the universities of Granada (Spain) and Washington in ...

First-Episode Psychosis Clinic Lessens Suffering, Financial Burden

January 24th, 2015
Offering early, clinical care to young people going through their first episode of psychosis would reduce the amount of suffering they experience, lower their financial burden and help them stay in work or school, according to a new study published in the ...

Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

January 20th, 2015
New findings strongly associate a certain gene with autistic symptoms. Autism is a highly heritable disorder, with up to 90 percent likelihood of both identical twins having the condition. Mutations in the NRXN2 gene, which makes a protein called alpha-neurexin II, have previously ...

Many Prisoners Suffer From Untreated Mental Illness

January 17th, 2015
Many individuals in state and federal prisons who suffer from mental illness get no treatment, according to new research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The study is published in American Journal of Public ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...