Problems In Thinking And Attention Linked To COVID-19 Infection (Psychiatry)

Evidence of cognitive deficits in people who have recovered from COVID-19 has been discovered in a new study of over 80,000 individuals. The research found that those with more severe COVID-19 symptoms scored lower on an online series of tests, with performance on reasoning and problem-solving tasks being most affected. Further analysis of the data … Continue reading Problems In Thinking And Attention Linked To COVID-19 Infection (Psychiatry)

New Findings On How Ketamine Acts Against Depression (Psychiatry)

The discovery that the anaesthetic ketamine can help people with severe depression has raised hopes of finding new treatment options for the disease. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now identified novel mechanistic insights of how the drug exerts its antidepressant effect. The findings have been published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. According to the World … Continue reading New Findings On How Ketamine Acts Against Depression (Psychiatry)

Patients with Early-onset Schizophrenia Have Already Exhibited Alteration in Their Brain Structural Network Globally and Regionally (Psychiatry)

Schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by both brain structural and functional abnormalities. Most of the existing findings, however, were limited to adult patients with established schizophrenia with a long duration of illness. It is still not clear whether the altered brain structural and functional abnormalities observed in adult patients have also been exhibited in … Continue reading Patients with Early-onset Schizophrenia Have Already Exhibited Alteration in Their Brain Structural Network Globally and Regionally (Psychiatry)

A Machine Learning Approach For Predicting Risk of Schizophrenia Using A Blood Test (Psychiatry)

An innovative strategy that analyzes specific regions of the genome offers the possibility of early diagnosis of schizophrenia, reports a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine. The strategy applied a machine learning algorithm called SPLS-DA to analyze specific regions of the human genome called CoRSIVs, hoping to reveal epigenetic markers for the … Continue reading A Machine Learning Approach For Predicting Risk of Schizophrenia Using A Blood Test (Psychiatry)

A New Way To Treat PTSD? (Psychiatry)

Exposure to a traumatic experience can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an incapacitating disorder in susceptible persons with no reliable therapy. Particularly puzzling is understanding how transient exposure to trauma creates persistent long- term suffering from PTSD and why some people are susceptible to PTSD while others that were exposed to the same trauma … Continue reading A New Way To Treat PTSD? (Psychiatry)

Discovery Points To Ketamine’s Long-term Antidepressant Effects (Psychiatry)

THE IDEA Building on recent research confirming how ketamine induces rapid antidepressant action, Professor of Pharmacology Lisa Monteggia and her collaborators show how the molecular mechanism of the gene MeCP2 and associated synaptic adaptability are critical to the long-term antidepressant effects of ketamine. While MeCP2 has been shown to be important for typical antidepressants, this research indicates that, in … Continue reading Discovery Points To Ketamine’s Long-term Antidepressant Effects (Psychiatry)

Study Strengthens Argument Postpartum Depression Different To Major Depression (Psychiatry)

Women with postpartum depression experience smell differently to other women, a University of Otago study has found. Lead author Dr Mei Peng, of the Department of Food Science, says the findings add further evidence to the growing argument postpartum depression is different to major depression, and requires separate research and medical attention. “Postpartum depression has … Continue reading Study Strengthens Argument Postpartum Depression Different To Major Depression (Psychiatry)

Researchers Discovered How Levels Of A Protein Could be Used in the Future To Diagnose Schizophrenia (Psychiatry)

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have discovered how levels of a protein could be used in the future as a blood-based diagnostic aid for schizophrenia. The activity of the protein, which is found in both the brain and blood, affects neural connections in human brains and is uniquely imbalanced in people diagnosed with the condition. … Continue reading Researchers Discovered How Levels Of A Protein Could be Used in the Future To Diagnose Schizophrenia (Psychiatry)

Scientists Reverse Age-related Memory Loss in Mice (Psychiatry)

Scientists at Cambridge and Leeds have successfully reversed age-related memory loss in mice and say their discovery could lead to the development of treatments to prevent memory loss in people as they age. “Although our study was only in mice, the same mechanism should operate in humans – the molecules and structures in the human … Continue reading Scientists Reverse Age-related Memory Loss in Mice (Psychiatry)