Schizophrenia News

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 ...

High IQ May Protect Against Schizophrenia

January 5th, 2015
In people with a genetic predisposition for schizophrenia, having high intelligence may help protect them from developing the severe mental disorder, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Lund University in Sweden. In fact, people with a lower ...

Mouse Study IDs Protein Driving Circadian Rhythms

January 4th, 2015
A new study has found that a certain protein helps regulate the internal clock of mice, a finding that eventually may aid in the treatment of a number of disorders. For the study, published in Nature Communications, a research team led by Thomas ...

Health Coach Helps Those with Severe Mental Illness Lose Weight, Stay Fit

December 30th, 2014
A unique health program, called In SHAPE, developed specifically for people with serious mental illness was found to be far more successful in helping its participants achieve weight loss and fitness compared to a typical gym membership. The key component of the program ...

Many with First Psychotic Episode Don’t Get Right Meds

December 27th, 2014
Many patients with first-episode psychosis are given medications that do not comply with the recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. First-episode patients have different treatment needs than those with multi-episode psychosis. Current guidelines ...

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 ...