The role of perineural networks in disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Juan Nácher, professor at the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Valencia, has conducted research on the role of perineuronal networks (PNN) in the adult brain and their incidence in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could facilitate new diagnostic tools or treatments for these diseases. Inhibitory neurons […]

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Amygdala changes in male patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan have revealed that DNA methylation occurs in the gene that codes serotonin transporter (SERT), a protein that regulates neurotransmitter transmission, in schizophrenia and bipolar patients. Particularly prominent in males and patients with certain genetic polymorphisms, this methylation is inversely correlated with volume of the amygdala in the brain. This work is expected to lead to […]

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Shawn Johnson Recalls ‘Dark Spiral’ Before Overcoming Her Eating Disorder

Getting through the darkness. Shawn Johnson opened up about her past eating disorder to her YouTube followers and revealed how she recovered following “self-image issues” brought on by being an elite gymnast. The gold medalist, 28, recalled her rocky road to self-acceptance during her “body image issues: 110 lbs to pregnant” video posted on Saturday, June 27. Johnson, who is […]

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Unexpected mental illnesses found in a spectrum of a rare genetic disorder

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers found an unexpected set of mental illnesses in patients with a spectrum of a rare genetic disorder. Their study revealed the need for clinicians to consider the complexities of co-existing conditions in patients with both psychological and fragile X associated disorders. Double-hit fragile X spectrum cases The patients had a “double-hit” condition that combined features […]

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