Schizophrenia

Air pollution may cause autism, schizophrenia

Air pollution may cause autism, schizophreniaWashington, June 6 - A new study has revealed that exposure to air pollution early in life makes people highly prone to autism and schizophrenia.

Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph. D. said that these findings raise new questions about whether the current regulatory standards for air quality are sufficient to protect our children.

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Schizophrenia sufferers have impaired ability to imitate

Schizophrenia sufferers have impaired ability to imitateWashington, March 16 : Researchers have conducted a brain mapping experiment to strengthen the theory that an impaired ability to imitate may underlie the profound and enduring difficulty with social interactions that characterize schizophrenia.

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Lower enzyme levels linked with schizophrenia

Lower enzyme levels linked with schizophreniaLondon, July 21 : Lower levels of an enzyme called p35, which is vital for activating a protein called Cdk5 for brain development, may be linked with schizophrenia.

Professor Giese, Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London, said: "For the first time we have found that an enzyme activator called p35 is reduced in patients with schizophrenia."

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Now, blood test for schizophrenia

Washington, Jan 21 : Schizophrenia diagnosis is set to become easier as a blood test will be available this year to detect the neuropsychiatric disorder, according to a reputed weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

Henry Arnaud, Senior Editor of Chemical & Engineering News, says the test is only a part of a much broader discussion of how non-brain cells are being used in research to study schizophrenia in a bid to speed the identification of biomarkers of the disorder and design new diagnostic tests.

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Schizophrenia: A costly by-product of human brain evolution

Washington, Aug 5: From dwelling in caves to landing on the moon, humans owe their achievements to the amazing organ called the brain. However, as it turns out, human brain evolution with its increased metabolic capacity and brain size has a costly by-product – schizophrenia.

A new study led by Philipp Khaitovich, from the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, supports this long held idea that certain neurological diseases are by-products of increases in metabolic capacity and brain size that occurred during human evolution.

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Unusual chromosomal changes up schizophrenia risk

London, Aug 1: In a study on copy number variants (CNV), researchers found that unusual chromosomal changes, particularly structural changes that can alter the function of the genes, may predispose a person to schizophrenia.

CNV is a type of mutation or change, which implies that large pieces of DNA may exist in several copies have disappeared or have been transposed. In some diseases such changes in the genome may be protective, for example in HIV infection and malaria.

Researchers found changes in the structure of the genes in patients with schizophrenia

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Disturbed cleaved protein behind schizophrenia development

Washington, July 15: VIB researchers connected to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have identified the cause for the development of schizophrenia.

The scientists say that a disturbed cleavage of the Nrg-1 protein lies at the basis of the development of the disease.

Greater understanding of this molecular process is a first step toward improved diagnosis and more effective treatment of schizophrenia and other related disorders.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that disturbs the person''s thinking, emotional life, and behavior.

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‘Schizophrenia’ Linked To Rare Genetic Variations

A new U.S. study has discovered that there is a relation between certain Schizophrenia Patientgenetic variations and brain tissue mutations, and people with schizophrenia.

Before this time, these slight and delicate brain tissue mutations have not been able to be revealed, but because of new improvements in gene scanning technology, they seem to be associated with the disease, and they may clarify how the disease is caused.

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Gene variant increases schizophrenia risk in women

Washington, Feb 15: Schizophrenia Risk in WomenAfter performing a complete scan of the human genome, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Oxford found that a genetic variant in the Reelin gene increases the risk of developing schizophrenia in women.

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Severe prenatal stress may increase schizophrenia risk in offspring

Washington, Feb 5: Women who undergo an extremely stressful event, such as the death of a close relative, during the early months of their pregnancy are more likely to have children who develop schizophrenia, says a new study.

Schizophrenia, a disabling condition associated with abnormal brain structure and function, is increasingly believed to begin in early brain development. Environmental factors, including those occurring during pregnancy, and susceptibility genes may interact to influence risk.

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Antipsychotic Drugs Ineffective In Reducing Aggression: Study

Antipsychotic drugs not effective in treating aggressive behaviorNew York: Antipsychotic drugs are not effective for treating aggressive behavior in patients with low IQs, according to a new study. Researchers pointed out that the two drugs; Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal, and Novartis AG’s Haloperidol, failed in comparison to benefits offered by placebos.

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