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Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

March 20th, 2015
Provocative new research suggests the neurochemical balance in a part of the brain influences our sensitivity to inequality. Conceptually, this finding could lead to development of a pill that could make a person more compassionate. University of California, Berkeley scientists believe they have taken ...
Brain Imaging Shows Schizophrenia May Not Be One Illness

Brain Imaging Shows Schizophrenia May Not Be One Illness

March 19th, 2015
People who suffer from severe schizophrenia have very different brain networks compared to others with milder schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or no mental illness, according to new research from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Researchers say the findings confirm mounting evidence ...
Rat Study Links Lead to Schizophrenia

Rat Study Links Lead to Schizophrenia

March 16th, 2015
A new study of the brains of rats exposed to lead suggests the metal may contribute to the onset of schizophrenia. Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health researchers found striking similarities in the rat brains to what is known about the brains ...
New Perspective for Psychosis and Schizophrenia

New Perspective for Psychosis and Schizophrenia

March 12th, 2015
A potentially groundbreaking report challenges conventional wisdom about the nature of mental illness and the manner in which psychosis and schizophrenia are treated. The U.K. report dispels the notion that schizophrenia is a frightening brain disease that makes people unpredictable and potentially violent, ...
CBT Aids Patients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Antibodies May Trigger Psychosis in Some Children

March 6th, 2015
The hallucinations and delusions in a subset of children with psychosis may be linked to overactive antibodies, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings add to a growing body of research that supports an "immune hypothesis" ...
Why Are More Kids on Antipsychotics?

Why Are More Kids on Antipsychotics?

March 3rd, 2015
More children are being prescribed antipsychotic medications -- drugs designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder -- and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont conducted a study to find out why. Specifically, the researchers wanted to find ...
Mice Study Suggests Some Disorders May Be Tied to 4-Hour Cycles

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

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 Changes in the Brain Explain Teenage Risk Taking

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 ...