Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Researchers have found that certain psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically, patterns of gene expression in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Science, raise hope for better diagnosis and therapies for people with major psychiatric disorders. “These findings provide a molecular, pathological signature of these disorders, which is a large step forward,” said senior study author Daniel Geschwind, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The major challenge now is to understand how these changes arose,”…

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Having Vitamin B Supplements May Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

Having Vitamin B Supplements May Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

Vitamins are essential for various functions in our body. It is not without reason that doctors advise us to eat more fruits and vegetables, and even take vitamin supplements to meet the daily requirement. The hectic lives that we live, most often we tend to ignore the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet. As such our intake of vitamins and minerals hit a low, which then can cause various ailments. We need to keep reminding ourselves that these nutritional components are responsible for boosting your immunity, regulating your blood…

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Exercise May Improve Working Memory in Schizophrenia Patients

Exercise May Improve Working Memory in Schizophrenia Patients

Aerobic exercise can significantly help individuals improve the ‘cognitive deficits,’ especially loss of working memory linked with schizophrenia, finds a study. Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition and its acute phase is typified by hallucinations and delusions, which are usually treatable with medication. However, current medications for schizophrenia do not treat the cognitive deficits including poor memory, impaired information processing and loss of concentration linked with schizophrenia. “Cognitive deficits are one aspect of schizophrenia which is particularly problematic. They hinder recovery and impact negatively upon people’s ability to function…

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Workout can help fighting schizophrenia

Workout can help fighting schizophrenia

Workout can help fighting schizophrenia (Getty Images) Aerobics can be a real help for the people dealing with schizophrenia, says a University of Manchester study. Through combining data from 10 independent clinical trials with a total of 385 patients with schizophrenia, researcher Joseph Firth found that around 12 weeks of aerobic exercise training can significant improve patients’ brain functioning. Schizophrenia’s acute phase is typified by hallucinations and delusions, which are usually treatable with medication. However, most patients are still troubled with pervasive ‘cognitive deficits’; including poor memory, impaired information processing…

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