Genetic variants implicated in development of schizophrenia

Related video Genetic variants which prevent a neurotransmitter receptor from working properly have been implicated in the development of schizophrenia, according to research by the UCL Genetics Institute. The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is a protein which normally carries signals between brain cells in response to a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Previous research has shown that symptoms […]

Outdated commissioning methods are failing mental health services in the UK, reveals report

Related video A new report published today by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson highlights that mental health services in the UK are falling behind physical health services, due to healthcare providers using outdated commissioning methods. The report brings to light challenges faced by the UK’s pressurized mental health sector, with a specific […]

Have researchers found a new risk factor for schizophrenia?

Related video A link between schizophrenia and infection? ‘Unusal response to Epstein-Barr virus’ Scientists have located an intriguing link between schizophrenia and the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of herpes virus. Now, they need to determine which way the risk lies. A new study may have found another environmental risk factor linked to schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, a […]

Schizophrenia patients have higher levels of antibodies against Epstein-Barr virus, study shows

Related video New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. Researchers proposed two explanations for the association of heightened immune responses in patients with […]

Schizophrenia linked with abnormal immune response to Epstein-Barr virus

Related video New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. Researchers proposed two explanations for the association of heightened immune responses in patients with […]

People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, ‘body maps’ show

Related video Colorful figures of the human body are helping Vanderbilt University researchers understand how people experience emotion through their bodies and how this process is radically altered in people with schizophrenia. Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, and Ph.D. student Lénie J. Torregrossa compared individuals with schizophrenia with matched control participants, asking […]

Scientists create genomic resource to explore biological underpinnings of brain disorders

Related video A team of researchers, including scientists from UNC School of Medicine, has developed a model of unprecedented sophistication that relates variations in DNA and gene activity to the risk of brain disorders. The model, described in a paper published in Science, draws from prior studies of thousands of healthy people and people with […]

This form of brain training may help treat severe schizophrenia

Related video TCT reduces hallucinations, boosts learning New research has revealed that targeted cognitive training can successfully reduce cognitive impairment in treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Altering certain neural pathways may improve cognitive ability in people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is one of the 15 leading causes of disability globally. In the United States, this condition affects more […]

Targeted cognitive training benefits patients with severe schizophrenia

Related video Schizophrenia is among the most difficult mental illnesses to treat, in part because it is characterized by a wide range of dysfunction, from hallucinations and mood disorders to cognitive impairment, especially verbal and working memory, which can be explained in part by abnormalities in early auditory information processing. In recent years, targeted cognitive […]