A new theory proposes an imbalance of blood proteins involved in the immune system and in blood clotting networks leads to inflammation that contributes to the development of psychosis.
Adolescents with higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in their blood had a decreased risk of developing psychosis as they entered into early adulthood. At the age of 24, those with psychosis had lower levels of DHA than those without the disorder.
Frequent cannabis use was associated with a two point decline in IQ. The decline was primarily related to verbal IQ.
A new blood test could help doctors monitor those who are at risk of developing psychiatric disorders. The test looks for specific protein biomarkers in blood samples of those with risk factors for psychiatric illnesses and can help to predict who is most likely to develop psychosis in the future.
Abnormal blood clotting contributes to death in some patients with severe COVID-19 infections. The abnormal blood clotting caused micro-clots within the lungs. Those with higher levels of blood clotting activity were significantly more likely to require ICU admission. Findings reveal an association with a unique type of blood clotting disorder that primarily focuses within the lung and contributes to higher levels of mortality in coronavirus cases.
Specific transfer RNAs (tRNAs) are associated with epilepsy. The levels of tRNA fragments in blood samples are higher pre-seizure. The findings provide a novel biomarker for the detection of seizures prior to their occurrence.
A new study sheds light on how the circadian clock controls inflammatory response. By understanding the link between inflammation and circadian rhythm, researchers believe it may be most effective to target specific conditions at certain times of the day. The findings may also explain why those who experience body clock disruptions are more susceptible to inflammatory conditions.