Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

World Schizophrenia Day: Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

By transforming skin cells from patients with schizophrenia into neuronal progenitor cells – cells that form neurons in early development – researchers identified an abnormal gene pathway called nuclear FGFR1 (nFGFR1) that impairs early brain development. Senior study author Michal K. Stachowiak, Ph.D., of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University […]

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Can brain with schizophrenia rust? Yes, new evidence explains how

The same process that turns metal into rust is happening in the brains of people with schizophrenia, researchers have reported. Findings presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s (NCP) annual meeting suggest these patients have higher levels of “oxidative stress” than healthy brains or even people with another mental illness, bipolar disorder. According to a […]

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World Schizophrenia Day: Schizophrenia the most misunderstood mental illness!

Schizophrenia is characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behaviour. Some common experiences include hallucinations – hearing voices or seeing things that are not there and delusions – fixed, false beliefs. Worldwide, schizophrenia is associated with considerable disability and may affect educational and occupational performance. People suffering from schizophrenia often […]

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World Schizophrenia Day: People with schizophrenia experience emotion differently from others, reveals new study

Researchers are working to understand how people with schizophrenia experience emotion through their bodies. Sohee Park, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology, and Ph.D. student Lénie J. Torregrossa compared individuals with schizophrenia with matched control participants, asking each to fill in a ‘body map’ in a way that correlates to the way they physically experience […]

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Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day: The truth about schizophrenia, separating fact from fiction

Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned. Rethink Mental Illness said a survey of 1,500 people showed that the condition is widely misunderstood. Schizophrenia commonly causes hallucinations, such as hearing voices, or delusions and can make people lose interest in life. But it […]

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Pune doctors start unique campaign to raise awareness on schizophrenia

Doctors will be going to different slums in the city and will make people understand how this disease needs a specific medical treatment. As a part of their campaign, doctors will be going to different slums in the city and will make people understand how this disease needs a specific medical treatment. They will explain […]

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Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at risk

The study, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children, was published in the journal Maturitas. “While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do […]

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‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child’s I.Q.

According to the study, children born to mothers who consumed 2 to 3 ounces of nuts per week during the first trimester of pregnancy typically scored higher on I.Q., memory and attention tests, compared with women who did not eat nuts. Previous research has shown that eating nuts is associated with a reduced risk of […]

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No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchers

New work using chaos theory to analyse brain signals, discussed this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, shows the long-term effects. Researchers found that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb showed altered brain connections that were consistent with impaired cognitive performance. Their findings were reached by measuring the responses […]

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Short period of parental sexual contact prior pregnancy increases offspring risk of schizophrenia

Research has shown that many different genes may increase the risk of schizophrenia and also that interactions between genes and aspects of the individual’s environment, including exposure to viruses, malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and/or psychosocial factors, are necessary for schizophrenia to develop. Previous research has shown that preeclampsia, the most common pregnancy complication […]

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