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Early Interventions For Schizophrenia Look Promising, But Hard Evidence Remains Inconclusive

Schizophrenia is a chronic illness that most often comes on in late adolescence or young adulthood and can devastate patients’ lives. Many physicians and researchers believe that early intervention can increase the chances for recovery, reduce recurrences and even prevent the warning signs of psychosis from progressing to the actual disease. Yet, a systematic review […]

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Researcher Jejoong Kim

Brain Imaging Study Identifies Specific Area Associated With Social Cognition Deficits In Schizophrenia

Understanding the actions of other people can be difficult for those with schizophrenia. Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that impairments in a brain area involved in perception of social stimuli may be partly responsible for this difficulty. In findings published in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers found that a particular brain area, the posterior […]

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Brain Development Goes Awry As Vulnerable Individuals Develop Schizophrenia

Two new research studies published in Biological Psychiatry point to progressive abnormalities in brain development that emerge as vulnerable individuals develop schizophrenia. One of the studies details the deletion of a small section of chromosome 22, while the other used brain imaging to track brain development in at-risk (for schizophrenia) adolescents over a 10 year […]

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Researcher Risto Miikkulainen

Scientists Afflict Computers With Schizophrenia To Better Understand The Human Brain

Computer networks that cannot forget fast enough can show symptoms of a kind of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers further clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Yale University have found. The researchers used a virtual computer model, or “neural network,” to simulate the excessive release […]

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Chronic Consumption Of Antipsychotic Medication Incites Further Drug Use

Almost half of all schizophrenics consume narcotics, nicotine, or alcohol. The reason for this addiction could be the very treatments these patients are undergoing, according to a new preclinical study published in Neuropsychopharmacology. “The secondary effects of antipsychotic drugs are numerous and invasive: facial tics, apathy, depression, weight gain, etc.,” says Anne-Marie Bédard, a Université […]

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Patients’ Own Stem Cells Yield New Insights Into The Biology Of Schizophrenia

After a century of studying the causes of schizophrenia – the most persistent disabling condition among adults – the cause of the disorder remains unknown. Now induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from schizophrenic patients have brought researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies a step closer to a fundamental understanding of the biological […]

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Antipsychotics For Schizophrenia Associated With Subtle Loss In Brain Volume

Patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic medications appear to lose a small but measurable amount of brain tissue over time, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Schizophrenia affects 1 percent of the worldwide population and remains a leading cause of chronic disability among […]

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