Tag Archives: Schizophrenia

Neurocognitive Deficit Signals Psychosis

While schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention. A multi-site cognition study led by psychologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that these neurocognitive symptoms are evident prior to ...

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Drug to Counter Nuclear Radiation 24 Hours After Exposure

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With Fukushima nuclear accident still fresh in our minds, a new injection will reduce the radiation effects of such nuclear accidents even if they are given one day after the mishap. While it cannot reverse the effects, it can only reduce the adverse impact, said researchers. Exposure to radiation triggers a number of potentially high lethal effects. In which, the ...

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Function of gene in the first week of birth can reveal schizophrenia

Ever wondered how a particular gene can determine if you’ll grow up to be schizophrenic or not? A new study by scientists from Cardiff University has shown that it is indeed the case. The function of a gene called “Rosetta Stone” or commonly known as schizophrenic gene can reveal the functions of all the other genes associated with the disease. ...

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Gene Behind Mental Illness in Women Identified, Potential for Early Treatment Likely

Mental illness in women is characterized by a specific gene that interacts with the X chromosome, found researchers paving the way for future potential research to treat psychiatric patients, whose number is on the rise owing to new isolated lifestyle. The gene identified as XIST inactivates one of the two X chromosome copies cells meant for storing genetic material, leading ...

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Creative, Genius People Slip Into Mental Illness Easily

There is a genetic link between creativity and madness or mental illness and those who are creative are prone to develop schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, said a new study reiterating one of the old beliefs in the world that geniuses have a streak of mental tweak in brain. From the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to Van Gogh, several creative people ...

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Schizophrenia is not 1 but 8 different types: New study

In a key finding, researchers have found that brain disorder schizophrenia has eight different types and not a single type, as earlier thought. Schizophrenia consists of a group made up of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms, said researchers. It was believed that almost 80 percent of the risk of suffering ...

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Brain has weak spot for Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia: new study

The human brain has a fragile spot for Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia, said a study involving 484 healthy people aged between eight and 85 years has found. The team of British researchers looked at how the brain naturally changes as people age. The images revealed that parts of the brain that were the last to develop were also the first to ...

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Over-eating proteins may trigger schizophrenia, says study

Anything beyond reasonable limits results in inevitable side-effects and now too much of protein in the brain cells during brain development may cause abnormalities in its structure and lead to schizophrenia, says a study. The protein called NOS1AP, if present in abundance, resulted in the dendrites – tree-like structures that allow cells to talk to each other and are essential to ...

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Permanent Stress Can Cause Mental Disorders

Permanent stress can activate immune cells that can cause changes in the brain, leading to mental disorders such as schizophrenia, shows a study. The researchers focused mainly on a certain type of phagocytes, namely microglia. Phagocytes are large white cells that can swallow and digest microbes and other foreign particles. Under normal circumstances, microglia repair gaps between nerves cells in ...

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