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Congenital blindness appears to offer protection against schizophrenia. Researchers trying to figure out why.

No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. … This is especially surprising, since congenital blindness ...
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Do obesity and mental illness share genetic links?

If a person with high genetic vulnerability is exposed to adverse environmental factors, such as an infection or mental trauma, ...
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Autism may share genetic links to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other psychiatric disorders

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of other conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...
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Chasing links between mental illness and microbes living in our guts

“If you would have asked a neuroscientist 10 years ago whether they thought the gut microbiota could be linked to ...
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Viewpoint: Neuroscientists cannot afford to ignore differences between male, female brains

Diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia manifest differently in men and women, and that’s important to know ...
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Why we have to look for early signs of psychosis in people with autism

Most young autistic people do not and will not have psychosis or schizophrenia. As a class, psychotic disorders are relatively rare ...
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Breaking down the ‘scientific and statistical sins’ behind reporting on marijuana science

A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies, and scientific errors ...
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Geneticists seek key to better understanding, treatment of schizophrenia

What can studying the human genome teach us about the origins and treatments for psychiatric diseases like schizophrenia? ...
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Can we reduce schizophrenia risk with prenatal supplements?

Schizophrenia has a clear genetic basis, but genes don't tell the whole story. The other factors that determine whether or ...
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23andMe study probes links between cannabis use and schizophrenia

There’s evidence of a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it’s unclear whether the drug leads to the disorder, ...
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Here’s the thing about hallucinations: They’re not ‘categorically good or bad’

As late as the 18th century, hallucinations in their various forms were considered independent diseases or syndromes. In 1821, Alexis ...
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‘Overactive immune system’: Is schizophrenia a body-wide disorder?

While some may believe that schizophrenia is only affects the mind, a new study shows that the disease actually affects ...
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Infographic: Examining shared genetics of different psychiatric disorders

People who have autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may have different challenges, but the ailments might arise from a common ...
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Mood disorders more common in children of first-cousin parents, study finds

Having parents who are first cousins doubles the risk of inheriting a single-gene condition, from 2.5 percent to about 5 ...
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Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Scientists are slowly uncovering the genes and mechanisms that cause mental health disorders, but we are a long way from ...
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Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
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LSD redux: Psychedelics may help brain functioning

Research on psychoactive drugs like LSD fell out of favor more than 40 years ago. Now, they're back and may ...
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Genetics may open door to new treatments of mental disorders

Mental disorders are notoriously hard to treat. We now know that many psychological diseases are rooted in our DNA. That's ...