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Schizophrenia is a chronic debilitating disorder which affects more than two million Americans, and millions more worldwide. While significant progress has been made in understanding the disease and developing treatments, there remains a significant unmet medical need. More than 50% of patients switch their medication in a given year due to either poor response or the experience of adverse events.
UAB researchers discover novel underlying mechanism involved in anxiety disorders, PTSD

UAB researchers discover novel underlying mechanism involved in anxiety disorders, PTSD

University of Alabama at Birmingham neurobiologist Lynn Dobrunz, Ph.D., has discovered a novel mechanism for how stress-induced anxiety — the type of experience that can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD — affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. [More]
Nicotine normalizes genetically-induced brain impairments linked to schizophrenia

Nicotine normalizes genetically-induced brain impairments linked to schizophrenia

A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research involving the University of Colorado Boulder. [More]
Scientists find altered blood-brain barrier and increased intestinal permeability in people with ASD

Scientists find altered blood-brain barrier and increased intestinal permeability in people with ASD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Mutations in a gene that should enable memories and a sense of direction instead can result in imprecise communication between neurons that contributes to symptoms of schizophrenia, scientists report. [More]
Talking therapy strengthens connections in the brains of people with psychosis, study shows

Talking therapy strengthens connections in the brains of people with psychosis, study shows

A new study from King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has shown for the first time that cognitive behaviour therapy strengthens specific connections in the brains of people with psychosis, and that these stronger connections are associated with long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery eight years later. [More]
COGENT scientists uncover genes responsible for cognitive ability

COGENT scientists uncover genes responsible for cognitive ability

An international team of scientists, led by Todd Lencz, PhD, professor at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, have unlocked some of the genes responsible for cognitive ability. [More]
New research defines impact of cannabis on health

New research defines impact of cannabis on health

A report published this week consolidated all evidence published since 1999 regarding the therapeutic benefits and health risks associated with cannabis and cannabis-derived products, such as marijuana. [More]
People with schizophrenia more likely to have diabetes than general population

People with schizophrenia more likely to have diabetes than general population

People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to an analysis by researchers from King's College London. [More]
Endogenous retroviruses may have played significant role in development of the brain

Endogenous retroviruses may have played significant role in development of the brain

Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. [More]
Study reveals how migration increases person's risk of developing schizophrenia

Study reveals how migration increases person's risk of developing schizophrenia

A new study could explain how migrating to another country increases a person's risk of developing schizophrenia, by altering brain chemistry. [More]
EMBL scientists trace neural connections that control instinctive behaviours

EMBL scientists trace neural connections that control instinctive behaviours

From fighting the urge to hit someone to resisting the temptation to run off stage instead of giving that public speech, we are often confronted with situations where we have to curb our instincts. [More]
Premature infants show changes in neural systems prior to birth, new study suggests

Premature infants show changes in neural systems prior to birth, new study suggests

Even before they are born, premature babies may display alterations in the circuitry of their developing brains, according to a first-of-its kind research study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues at the National Institutes of Health and Wayne State University. [More]
The 10th annual symposium at UC Riverside focuses on glial-neuronal interactions in health and disease

The 10th annual symposium at UC Riverside focuses on glial-neuronal interactions in health and disease

The brain is home to two kinds of cells: neurons and glia, with the latter protecting the former. Glia, the stuff between neurons, are important also because they regulate and define neuron-neuron communication. [More]
Researchers uncover cell membrane protein that regulates gene linked to schizophrenia

Researchers uncover cell membrane protein that regulates gene linked to schizophrenia

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, have identified a protein that regulates a gene associated with schizophrenia. The study, published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, was chosen as an APS​select article for January. [More]
Genes influencing social communication skills linked to genes underlying  psychiatric disorders

Genes influencing social communication skills linked to genes underlying psychiatric disorders

The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people successfully - during middle childhood to adolescence. [More]
Biological Psychiatry special issue highlights role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia

Biological Psychiatry special issue highlights role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia

Biological Psychiatry presents a special issue, "The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia", dedicated to recent advances in understanding the role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia. [More]
Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Among American adults who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression, 57 percent are smokers. In contrast, only 15 percent of U.S. adults overall smoke. [More]
Two research studies on new molecules could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease

Two research studies on new molecules could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease

This year, results have been published of two significant research studies about molecules that could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease. [More]
FDA grants permission to assess safety of investigational drug for Alzheimer's disease in humans

FDA grants permission to assess safety of investigational drug for Alzheimer's disease in humans

Vanderbilt University scientists have received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that testing in humans may proceed for an investigational new drug for Alzheimer's disease after more than 10 years of research by scientists at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. [More]
People at increased risk of schizophrenia more likely to use cannabis, research finds

People at increased risk of schizophrenia more likely to use cannabis, research finds

People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition. [More]
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