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Avatar Therapy Can Help Schizophrenia Patients Who Hear Voices

A new study has found that 'avatar therapy' was more effective than supportive counseling in bringing down auditory hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers say the therapy could offer a promising new approach for schizophrenia treatment.

Medicine November 26, 2017

World's First Digital Drug: FDA Approves Pill That Can Track If Patients Swallow It

The FDA recently approved Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Abilify MyCite. The drug is the world's first digital pill that can check if patients are taking their medication or not.

Medicine November 14, 2017

People With Slender Face Likely To Be Left-Handed, More Susceptible To Tuberculosis

The genes behind slim facial features and tuberculosis may also raise the likelihood for left-handedness. Earlier studies also link high incidence of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in left-handed people.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2017

First Blood Test To Accurately Diagnose Depression And Schizophrenia Developed

Current diagnostic tools are limited to behavior observations and verbal communication, making it difficult to differentiate between depression and schizophrenia in their early stages. This is the first physiological test to detect both conditions.

Biotech March 20, 2017

Scratch That: Your Cat Will Not Give You Mental Illness

Owning cats does not up your risk for mental disorders such as schizophrenia and psychosis, among other mental illnesses. Here's the proof.

Public Health February 23, 2017

Nicotine Can Normalize Genetically-Induced Brain Impairments: Study

A new study suggests that nicotine can normalize genetically-induced brain ailments. The study published in the journal Nature Medicine was conducted by a team assembled by University of Colorado Boulders.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 24, 2017

People At Higher Risk Of Schizophrenia Are Likelier To Try Marijuana, Says New Study

Researchers from the University of Bristol suggest that people with increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana. The study doesn’t accurately relate the risk of schizophrenia with marijuana use but provides valuable evidence on the possibility, cautioned researchers.

Neuroscience December 22, 2016

Men To File Lawsuit Over Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal That Caused Them To Grow Breasts

Thousands of men who suffered from the side effects of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal prepare to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The drug cause boys and men to grow breasts.

Medicine December 14, 2016

Damaging Chemical Imbalance Leads To ‘Brain Rust,’ Contributes To Schizophrenia

Recent discoveries made by a team from Harvard medical school may help detect the causes of schizophrenia and develop new treatments. Patients' brains present much higher levels of oxidation than their healthy counterparts, according to their research.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 10, 2016

High Heart Rate, Blood Pressure In Late Adolescence Ups Risks Of Psychiatric Disorders In Men

High blood pressure and elevated resting heart rate in late teens might increase the risk of psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders in men later in their adulthood.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 28, 2016

Mouse Study Finds Brain Circuit That Plays Key Role In Sleep-Wake Cycle And Reward System

A mice study identified a brain circuit involved in the sleep-wake cycle and reward system. The findings could lead to new treatments for sleep problems such as insomnia and those associated with neurological disorders.

Neuroscience September 6, 2016

DNA Nanobot That Releases Drugs Using Mind Control May Alter Course Of Mental Health Treatment

A DNA nanobot can release drugs when it is heated using electromagnetic energy. How can it change the way mental health problems such as schizophrenia are treated?

Neuroscience August 28, 2016

Schizophrenia Did Not Exist Until Humans Diverged From Neanderthals

Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016

Brains Of Schizophrenia Patients Attempt To Self-Repair, MRI Scans Reveal

Schizophrenia is believed to be a degenerative mental illness. MRI imaging, however, showed that the brains of patients suffering from this condition become more 'normal' over time.

Neuroscience May 28, 2016

Pregnant Smokers Increase Their Baby's Risk Of Developing Schizophrenia

Mothers who continue to smoke during pregnancy are putting their child's health in jeopardy. Researchers have found that aside from neurologic and immunologic health problems, children born from mothers who smoke are more likely to develop schizophrenia.

Public Health May 24, 2016

Bipolar Disorder Shares Genetic Roots With Autism, Schizophrenia

Bipolar disorder may share the same genetic roots with other psychiatric conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. Identifying these specific genes could help researchers develop new treatments for bipolar disorder patients.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Yeast Infection May Be Linked To High Risk For Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

Researchers have found that prior yeast infection could be linked to mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The connection, however, is not causal in nature.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 5, 2016

Mental Health Drug Aripiprazole May Cause Uncontrollable Urges To Gamble, Shop, Binge Eat And Have Sex: FDA

The FDA has warned of the side effects of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Aristada). Taking the medication may cause compulsive behaviors such as binge eating, gambling, compulsive shopping and sex.

Neuroscience May 4, 2016

Jake Lloyd: Young Anakin Skywalker Goes From 'Star Wars' To Schizophrenia

Jake Lloyd has been diagnosed with schizophrenia after spending ten months in prison. The former 'Star Wars' child actor was arrested last year after leading police on a cross-state high speed chase.

Internet Culture April 12, 2016

Refugees At Greater Risk For Schizophrenia, Other Psychotic Illnesses

Refugees are at a higher risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders than non-refugee migrants. Such finding calls for nations that accept refugees to come up with more robust health plans to address the mental health issues of these people.

LIFE March 16, 2016

Landmark Study Sheds Light On Biological Cause Of Schizophrenia

People with genes that accelerate the process called brain pruning are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia, a new landmark study revealed. The findings shed light on the biological cause of the brain disorder.

LIFE January 28, 2016

Vitamin B12 Levels Prematurely Low In The Brains Of People With Autism And Schizophrenia

Researchers have found that vitamin B12 levels are lower in the brains of individuals with autism or schizophrenia. Additionally, the drop appeared to occur sooner than it should have.

LIFE January 26, 2016

Marijuana Effect On The Brain: Pot May Cause Schizophrenia-Like Changes In Teenagers

A Canadian study showed that THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, led to schizophrenia-like effects in young rats. The study authors warned of increasing THC content in newer cannabis strains.

LIFE January 13, 2016

Discovery Of Intelligence Gene Clusters May Unlock Ways To Boost Mental Ability

Researchers discovered a network of genes that may be responsible for a person's level of intelligence. Understanding the said gene clusters deeper may help improve mental ability and enhance the quality of life of patients with cognitive difficulties.

LIFE December 23, 2015

Schizophrenia Patients May Benefit From This High Fat, Low Carb Weightloss Diet

The ketogenic diet is not only a bodybuilding regimen, but it can also be used in treating schizophrenia, as a new study revealed. Researchers in Australia said many benefits come from this weightloss diet.

LIFE December 17, 2015

Biological Markers For Psychotic Disorders May Lead To Improved Treatment For Mental Illness

Researchers identified biological markers for mental health conditions such as psychosis, for which no objective tests exist. These biomarkers are deemed potentially more effective in classifying mental disorders than mere symptoms.

LIFE December 11, 2015

Schizophrenia Patients More Prone To Hallucinations Due To Irregular Structural Fold In Their Brains

Structural differences in the brain’s paracingulate sulcus correspond to an increased likelihood for an individual to experience hallucinations. This was particularly observed in people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

LIFE November 17, 2015

RAISE Study Reveals More Effective Way To Treat Schizophrenia: How The Treatment Works

One-on-one talk therapy coupled with lower doses of antipsychotic medication may be a more effective intervention for schizophrenia than relying on drugs alone. This was the finding of the NIMH's RAISE study that followed 404 patients and was published Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

LIFE October 21, 2015

FDA Approves Alkermes' Aristada Drug As Schizophrenia Treatment

Alkermes announced that the FDA has approved its extended-release injectable for schizophrenia treatment. Aristada, poised to be launched immediately, will offer once-a-month and six-week dosing options.

LIFE October 6, 2015

Genetic Study May Open Way To Schizophrenia Treatment

Researchers find interaction between two genes may be a factor in developing schizophrenia. Identification of the genes may provide a target for treatment of the condition, they say.

LIFE September 22, 2015

FDA Greenlights Allergan Drug Vraylar For Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder

After enduring 9 weeks of clinical trials, Vraylar was deemed successful enough in treating symptoms of schizophrenia and manic bipolar episodes in adults to earn FDA approval for use.

LIFE September 19, 2015

Fish Oil Shows Promise Reducing Risk Of Schizophrenia

Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that taking pills containing omega-3 rich fish oil can potentially help lower the risk of developing mental health disorders among young people.

LIFE August 14, 2015

Brain Training iPad Game Helps Improve Life Of Schizophrenia Patients

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have developed a new iPad app designed to help people, especially patients with schizophrenia, improve their cognitive skills to allow them to live independent lives.

LIFE August 3, 2015

Schizophrenia And Depression Drug Rexulti Gets FDA Nod Of Approval

Rexulti was approved by the FDA as treatment for schizophrenia and major depressive disorder, providing patients with a new option to address symptoms related to the conditions.

LIFE July 22, 2015

Cigarette Smoking Ups Risk For Schizophrenia: What To Know About This Mental Illness

A new study has found that smoking may increase the risk of individuals to develop schizophrenia, a mental illness characterized by hallucinations and the potential for social withdrawal.

LIFE July 11, 2015

Researchers Find Link Between Schizophrenia And Smoking Tobacco

Researchers at King's College London have discovered that people who smoke cigarettes are more likely to develop symptoms of the mental disorder schizophrenia than those who do not smoke.

LIFE July 10, 2015

Cats Can Literally Make You Crazy: What To Know About The Cat Parasite Toxoplasma Gondii

Scientists at the Stanley Medical Research Institute found that a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, found in most cats, can cause mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in humans.

LIFE June 8, 2015

Researchers Find 'Strongest Evidence Yet' For Cause Of Schizophrenia

Researchers report zeroing in on the primary cause of schizophrenia. Genetic mutations' impact on brain chemistry strongly implicated as an underlying cause, they say.

LIFE June 4, 2015

Schizophrenia Alters Dopamine Neurons: How Can This Help Design Treatment Therapy?

Researchers in search of better understanding of negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Cognitive deficits and emotional impairments seen as determining long-term prognosis for sufferers.

LIFE February 18, 2015

Florida Man Decapitates Mother on New Year's Eve. What Happened?

Police discovered the decapitated body of a woman outside her Florida home near some garbage cans. Her head was found inside one of the cans.

Society January 3, 2015

Will Texas Execute Killer Who is Schizophrenic, Delusional?

The mentally ill are reprieved for their crimes. Whether or not Scott Panetti is executed will be determined by whether or not his lawyers can prove mental illness in their client.

Society December 3, 2014

The Surprising Link Between Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia

Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia have long been thought to be related, and a new study on aging shows some surprising similarities between the two diseases.

LIFE November 25, 2014

Chronic Stress Ups Risk of Schizophrenia, Other Mental Disorders

You weren't imagining it--stress can indeed make you crazy, according to a study. Keep stress in check to protect both your physical and mental health.

LIFE November 25, 2014

Potential blood test for hallucinations in the works, possible screening for schizophrenia

A new study shows that a blood test can identify psychosis risk with high accuracy. More research needs to be done to verify the results, but it may soon be possible to catch psychosis risk early on.

LIFE September 23, 2014

Schizophrenia linked to eight genetic disorders, not one: Study

New study suggests that the mental disorder schizophrenia is not a single disease. It is actually a group of eight genetic disorders that individually has its own distinct symptoms.

LIFE September 16, 2014

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