Extracting nerve cells from the upper nasal cavity could allow the first ever biological diagnosis for schizophrenia, according to a team of US-Israeli researchers.
An inexpensive blood test to diagnose schizophrenia could be made available within two years, offering a groundbreaking alternative to conventional methods that rely on conversations between patients and doctors.
Recent research explores the effects of a schizophrenia risk factor (DISC1) and its influence over the onset of the disease
A link and a nonlink to schizophrenia are found
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is not always grounds for despair
Less than 200 years ago schizophrenia emerged from a tangle of mental disorders known simply as madness. Today its diagnosis remains shrouded in ambiguity. Psychiatrists may discover that this disorder is not a single syndrome after all but a bundle of overlapping conditions
A fuller understanding of signaling in the brain of people with this disorder offers new hope for improved therapy
Nicotinelike drugs show promise for alleviating cognitive impairment
A new study points to rare gene duplications and deletions that are believed to play a significant role in the psychological disorder
Improper "pruning" of neural connections could lead to the development of mental illness
Drug for schizophrenia causes side effects by shrinking part of the brain.
The news comes on the same day as a $650-million donation to expand psychiatric research
Gene expression patterns point to new autism candidate genes that could also play roles in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
15 years after a gene defect was found to increase the risk of schizophrenia 30-fold, scientists have figured out how it might cause the brain disorder's debilitating symptoms
New research reveals that genes related to the debilitating disorder may also provide developmental advantages