Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

Better synchronized behaviors The role of non-verbal communication ‘A lot more to learn’ People with neuropsychiatric disorders — such as schizophrenia and autism — often display, among other symptoms, impaired social behavior. To address this, researchers looked into the impact of two hormones on social attitudes. Can oxytocin and vasopressin help to regulate impaired social […]

New portable device may hold key to faster diagnosis of schizophrenia

A portable device common in optometrists’ offices may hold the key to faster diagnosis of schizophrenia, predicting relapse and symptom severity and assessing treatment effectiveness, a Rutgers University study finds. In the study, published in the May 2018 issue of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, researchers used RETeval, a hand-held device developed to record electrical […]

Genes, environment and schizophrenia: New study finds the placenta is the missing link

Hiding in plain sight, new research shines a spotlight on the placenta’s critical role in the nature versus nurture debate and how it confers risk for schizophrenia and likely other neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, and Tourette syndrome. This new scientific frontier, with far-reaching implications for maternal and child health, creates the possibility that scientists […]

Research shines spotlight on placenta’s critical role in genetic risk for schizophrenia

Hiding in plain sight, new research shines a spotlight on the placenta’s critical role in nature versus nurture debate and how it confers risk for schizophrenia and likely other neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, autism, and Tourette syndrome. This new scientific frontier, with far-reaching implications for maternal and child health, creates the possibility that scientists can […]

Schizophrenics’ blood samples feature genetic material from more types of microorganisms

The blood of schizophrenia patients features genetic material from more types of microorganisms than that of people without the debilitating mental illness, research at Oregon State University has found. What’s not known is whether that’s a cause or effect of the severe, chronic condition that strikes about one person in 100. “It’s a common assumption […]

Scientists identify cell types underlying schizophrenia

Possible treatment development Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and University of North Carolina, USA, have identified the cell types underlying schizophrenia in a new study published in Nature Genetics. The findings offer a roadmap for the development of new therapies to target the condition. Schizophrenia is an often devastating disorder causing huge human suffering. […]