No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchers

An international group of researchers has taken one of the first major steps in finding the biological changes in the brain that drive foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, say researchersNew 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 […]

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

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem to have lost touch with reality and may suffer from hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, negative mood, and cognitive impairments

Short period of parental sexual contact prior pregnancy increases offspring risk of schizophreniaResearch 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 […]

Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk, finds study

A recent study led by teams from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has found that newborn babies with low vitamin D levels are more at risk of developing schizophrenia later on

Vitamin D deficiency increases schizophrenia risk, finds studySymptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive problems characterise schizophrenia. So far, however, researchers have been unable to find out exactly what causes this condition. That being said, they have identified some likely risk factors – such as the presence of certain sets of genes, or exposure to some viruses. Due to older research suggesting […]

Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support – the four pillars to treat schizophrenia

A person affected by schizophrenia is disowned by the family and left alone on the streets as a destitute. Doctors and psychologist say that support by the family is crucial in reintegrating the patient with society and without the support of the family the treatment becomes difficult

Medicines, counselling, therapy and family support – the four pillars to treat schizophreniaPeople affected with severe mental disorder, wandering on different streets, is the common picture seen in all the major cities in India. A person affected by schizophrenia is disowned by the family and left alone on the streets as a destitute. Doctors and psychologist say that support by the family is crucial in reintegrating the […]

People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetime

According to the authors of this latest research, no incidents of schizophrenia in cortically blind people have ever been recorded to date

People who are born blind are unlikely to develop schizophrenia in their lifetimeSince the middle of the last century, researchers have been looking at a curious link – it seems that being born blind protects people from developing schizophrenia. Now, a large scale study has just added more evidence to confirm this is indeed the case. In particular, cortical blindness – caused by abnormalities in the brain, […]

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new study

Night owls are at greater risk of depression and schizophrenia, new findings suggest. Scientists found being a ‘morning person’ could protect against the conditions

‘Night owls’ have greater risk of having depressive symptoms, schizophrenia: Confirms new studyStaying up late and lying in could increase your risk of mental illness, experts have warned. People who go to bed early and wake up early report higher mental well-being, the University of Exeter researchers said. Study leader Mike Weedon said, “We’ve provided the strongest evidence to date that ‘night owls’ are at higher risk […]

Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adults

The research findings, which appear in JAMA Psychiatry, indicate that people who had high levels of lead in their blood when they were young are more likely to experience mental health issues by the time they turn 38. The study also indicates that they are also more likely to have developed unhealthy personality traits, such as neuroticism

Lead exposure in childhood can be a risk factor for poor mental health in adultsLead is a type of metal that people throughout the world have used in the construction of water pipes, added into paint to prevent corrosion, and put into gasoline to maintain engine durability. Lead that accumulates in the body can also disrupt the central nervous system, and some studies have linked lead exposure during childhood […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issues

Getting help from rehabs makes sure that someone is constantly evaluating the patient to make sure all his or her needs are met in a supportive atmosphere. This is done to take proper steps for each person to get them on the right path to recovery

The role of rehabs and support groups in aiding youths with mental health issuesApproximately 1 of every 5 individuals suffer from one or the other mental illnesses. Amongst the youth in particular, depression, anxiety and stress is common. One needs to understand that whatever the concern is, they need to speak to someone close or to a psychiatrist or a support group in order to get appropriate help […]

Mumbai: Build special hospital for patients with mental illnesses, demands Sena corporator  

Mumbai has been witnessing a steep rise in the number of people who are suffering from mental illnesses. As per the recent survey which was done by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over 1.74 lakh Mumbaikars are suffering from mental illnesses

Mumbai: Build special hospital for patients with mental illnesses, demands Sena corporator  Raising this issue in the BMC during a meeting, Shiv Sena corporator, Sheetal Mhatre has demanded that the civic administration should set-up a special hospital to cater to the increasing population with mental illness. Due to the peer pressure and faulty lifestyle mental illness in India are spreading like an epidemic. People are suffering from […]