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. […]

What are delusions of grandeur?

What are delusions of grandeur? Types Symptoms Causes and related conditions Schizophrenia Delusional disorder Bipolar Narcissistic personality disorder Dementia Brain injury Treatment Outlook A delusion of grandeur is a false or unusual belief about one’s greatness. A person may believe, for instance, that they are famous, can end world wars, or that they are immortal. […]

Resilience counteracts effects of childhood abuse and neglect on health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have determined that psychological resilience has a positive effect on health outcomes for people living with schizophrenia. This is the first study to quantitatively assess the effects of both childhood trauma and psychological resilience on health and metabolic function in people living with schizophrenia. Globally […]

Childhood trauma link offers treatment hope for people with schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, thanks to research establishing a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia’s most common symptoms. Researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health; the University of Melbourne; Port Phillip Prison and University Hospital of Gran Canaria […]

Findings about childhood trauma could redefine schizophrenia treatment

By Sally Robertson, BScMarch 12, 2018 Researchers have established a link between childhood trauma and common symptoms of schizophrenia that could lead to the development of more sensitive, tailored and effective treatments for young patients with schizophrenia. Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com Researchers from Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence for Youth Mental Health; the University of Melbourne; […]