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New Neuron in human brains discovered; possibly implications for Schizophrenia

August 28, 2018 12:01 pm : Brain Science
What Makes A Human Brain Unique? A Newly Discovered Neuron May Be A Clue August 27, 20183:34 PM ET Heard on Morning Edition Scientists have taken another step toward understanding what makes the human brain unique. An international team has identified a kind of brain cell that exists in people but not mice, the team more »

Researchers working on blood test for depression; molecular deficiencies found

August 3, 2018 8:21 am : Brain Science
Books about anxiety, finding happiness are trending. Here are some best-sellers By KATIE KINDELAN, via GMA – Aug 3, 2018, 3:58 AM ET From ABCNews As our lives get busier and busier and the world seems more uncertain, Americans are turning to books to find relief from anxiety and to search for happiness. Sales for books in the more »

Study Suggest Cannabis Compound Can Make Schizophrenia Medication Less Effective

August 1, 2018 5:17 pm : Brain Science – Study Suggests Cannabis Compound Can Make Schizophrenia Medication Less Effective New research in mice reveals how THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, can reduce the effectiveness of risperidone, an antipsychotic drug used widely to treat people with schizophrenia. Earlier studies have suggested that cannabis use can reduce the effectiveness of antipsychotic treatments more »

Huge meta-study confirms link between autoimmune disorders and psychosis

July 16, 2018 1:51 pm : Brain Science
Researchers at King’s College London have found the strongest evidence yet of a link between autoimmune disorders and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. The study, published today in Biological Psychiatry combined the results of 30 scientific publications, including data from over 25 million individuals worldwide.    

ADBR2 Gene interacts with Childhood Adversity – impacting Pre-disposition to vulnerability or resiliance

April 19, 2018 10:46 am : Brain Science
IMPORTANT RESEARCH  In 2014 researchers from Columbia University and Michigan University published their first evidence that a gene called “ADBR2” interacts with childhood adversity and either result in a vulnerability or resilience to developing PTSD symptoms following adult trauma. Your genotype is your complete heritable genetic identity. Individuals with two or more experiences (see your more »

Large Gene Expression Study Sheds Light on Causal Factors in Five Brain Disorders

April 6, 2018 3:08 pm : Brain Science
6-Apr-2018: By: Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. Researchers studying gene expression in cerebral cortex tissue sampled from postmortem brains have identified patterns of shared and distinct gene expression patterns in autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism. The results, published February 9 in Science, offer a unique glimpse at genome-wide, disorder-related molecular signatures that could help fine-tune more »

Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks–Yes, Even Marijuana!

March 26, 2018 5:59 pm : Brain Science, Breaking News
Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana By Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz | Mar. 26, 2018   Each year, SAMHSA holds Prevention Day as an opportunity to share best practices and data with professionals who work day in and day out to end the cycles of substance use disorder sweeping our country. It’s usually more »

Do you REALLY know your genetic predisposition?

January 15, 2018 1:57 pm : Best Practice, Brain Science
Do you really know your full multi-generational family history for addiction and/or mental health issues? Genetics plays a key role: upwards of 80% (for bi-polar and schizophrenia) and upwards of 60% for addictions. So, understanding our relative’s mental health and history of addictive behaviors can help us take steps to avoid triggers and build resilience.     When more »

Pathways to the Future

November 19, 2017 8:04 pm : Brain Science BBR Foundation’s special edition!   Keep talking about genetics in our community.  

Scientists identify brain chemical abnormalities in earliest stage of psychosis

October 17, 2017 9:56 am : Brain Science
Read full article in here “Our findings suggest that glycine abnormalities may play a role in the earliest phases of psychotic disorders,” said Dr. Öngür. The researchers also measured increased glutamate levels in patients, which lines up with strong support for elevated glutamate reported in other studies of first-episode psychosis. The elevations in glutamate more »

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