- While lead doesn't cause physical abnormalities, the toxic metal can act at the cellular level to increase risk of developing schizophrenia.
- A man, who claimed to have heard voices, was restrained on an Alaska Airlines flight for attempting to open the emergency exit door.
- Researchers claim they have found definitive evidence linking low IQ scores to a risk of developing schizophrenia.
- A new "alternative model," gaining strong support from researchers, will be published in the latest manual for personality disorder diagnosing and could essentially improve the way patients are diagnosed.
- NIH researchers used Botox and other similar toxins to examine how brain cells communicate, and discover a new function for a group of proteins called SNARES.
- The response to charges of patient dumping at a state-run Las Vegas psychiatric hospital continues to unfold.
- Researchers at Tel Aviv University now have a way to diagnose schizophrenia in live patients and not only after death.
- The federal government is investigating Nevada's state mental health system after a patient with schizophrenia and depression was bused to California with no plan of care, no contacts.
- The translation of human embryonic stem cells into nerve cells helped mice regain cognitive abilities.
- New brain cells proliferate following short bursts of acute stress in laboratory rats, researchers find.
- As a cost-saving measure, the state of Nevada has bused more than 1,500 mental patients to other states since mid-2008.
- A large-scale genetic analysis has shown that major mental disorders share common key mutations, holding hope for understanding the diseases and possible treatments.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by poor emotional responsiveness. It most commonly manifests itself as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient's reported experiences.