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Genomics of Brain Disorders

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Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are placing an increasing burden on the developed world.  Technical advances over the past five years, including genome-wide association studies and new generation sequencing studies, have led to the discovery of many predisposing loci for both psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. This meeting will ...

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The Social Defeat Hypothesis of Schizophrenia: Recent Findings

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Jean-Paul Selten (1955) trained in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Amsterdam. From 1995 to 2009 he was Associate Professor at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since 2012 he is Full Professor at the University of Maastricht. His work has focused on the epidemiology of schizophrenia, in particular schizophrenia and migration. Synopsis: The social defeat hypothesis posits ...

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Plant Compound Has The Potential to Strengthen The Connections Between Brain Cells

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The next time you add herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, chamomile and red pepper to your food, you could be warding off diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. According to researchers at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Federal University of Bahia, the flavonoid apigenin, which is ...

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Wrinkle at the front of our brain may cause schizophrenics to hallucinate

Wrinkle in frontal lobe cause schizophrenic to hallucinate

Scientists at Cambridge University have  found a link with a particular furrow, near to the front of each hemisphere in the brain, and the likelihood of a schizophrenic to hallucinate The researchers analysed 153 brain scans and found that this fold (known as the paracingulate sulcus) tends to be shorter in those people who hallucinate than in those that don’t. ...

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Can Antibodies be the Cause of Hallucination and Psychosis in Schizophrenia?

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A new report in medical journal Biological Psychiatry suggests that, in some cases of schizophrenia, there are specific mechanisms inside the body which are likely to be causing some of the most serious effects of the mental illness. Research has led to the discovery that psychosis including hallucinations and delusions can be a result of the body’s autoimmune response to one of ...

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The Brain of an Addict

The Brain of an Addict

Studies have shown that prolonged drug abuse can actually alter the physical and chemical structures of the brain, and even produce a brain disorder, called addiction or dependence. Drug addiction is distinguished by a pathological longing for drugs to the point where a want becomes a need. Seeking out drugs and taking drugs evolve into activities that take up a ...

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Maintain Your Brain with Meditation

Maintain Your Brain with Meditation

A multitude of scientific studies have all come to the same conclusion: meditation is not only beneficial for your brain; it also alters your brain, and therefore, alters who you are. Harvard neuroscientists conducted a study that recorded changes in the brain’s grey matter after just eight weeks of practicing meditation. The participants conducted twenty-seven minutes a day of mindfulness ...

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Video Games May Reprogram Your Brain

Video Games May Reprogram Your Brain

The politics of video games are severely divided – on one hand; there are those who consider them a brain-dead activity with no benefit. On the other hand, there are those who believe that video games may actually give players a cognitive edge over non-players. Despite the prevailing sentiment that video games foster laziness, studies are now showing that they ...

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The Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Great comedians not only make us laugh, they reveal bizarre observations and unusual connections that they’ve drawn from the world around them. Connections that most every day people wouldn’t normally dream of. Who else among our population has this ability? Highly creative people such as artists, poets, and novelists, and as it turns out, those with certain mental illnesses, such ...

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