Schizophrenia News

Overactive Immune System May Be Linked to Mental Illness Risk

August 15th, 2014
The immune system may play a vital role in the development of mental illness, according to new research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study shows that children with regularly high levels of a protein released in the blood during an infection ...

Aim for Next-Gen Schizophrenia Drugs Is Dimming Symptoms Without Side Effects

August 12th, 2014
A recently published study suggests a new class of drug may act as a dimmer switch to control schizophrenia. The approach is heralded as a method to manage the symptoms of schizophrenia without some of the side effects associated with current anti-psychotic medicines. Schizophrenia ...

Mice Study Finds Brain Marker that Identifies Risk for Stress-Related Problems

July 30th, 2014
New research confirms that some people can handle stressful situations better than others. The difference, according to scientists, is not a result of genes as even identical twins show differences in how they respond to stress. In a new study, researchers identified a ...

Huge Genome Study Identifies Over 100 Genes Linked to Schizophrenia

July 26th, 2014
In the largest genome study ever conducted on any psychiatric disorder, an international team of researchers identified more than 100 genes linked to the development of schizophrenia. The findings, published online in the journal Nature, could lead to new approaches to treating the ...

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Schizophrenia

July 23rd, 2014
A new study finds that vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin. Vitamin D, produced by the skin after exposure to sunlight, helps the body absorb calcium and is ...

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that over a ...

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can be certain ...

24 Hours Without Sleep Can Lead to Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms

July 12th, 2014
Going 24 hours without sleep can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms in healthy people, according to a new international study. The tired patients experienced several symptoms that would otherwise be attributed to psychosis or schizophrenia. "It was clear to us that a sleepless night ...

Schizophrenia, Cannabis Use May Share Common Genes

July 5th, 2014
Genes that increase a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London.  Previous studies have shown a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it remained unclear exactly ...