Schizophrenia

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Determined DNA hunt reveals schizophrenia clue

NAPRT1, a gene that encodes an enzyme involved in vitamin B3 metabolism, may be a risk factor for schizophrenia. Knocking out the gene in zebrafish models, researchers discovered brain development became impaired. Without NAPRT1, the fish brains failed to divide symmetrically, which is significant as defects in the corpus callosum have been identified in those with schizophrenia.... Read More...
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Article rebuttal: Exercise as a primary prescription for mental health disorders should be approached with caution

Recently an article was published that stated exercise should be the new primary prescription for mental health disorders, however, as of right now there are a number of reasons why this should not be the case. While exercise has shown proven benefits in individuals with various disorders, only depression has adequate evidence to suggest exercise can potentially replace psychotherapy or medication. Until more thorough research is conducted on a multitude of disorders, exercise needs to be promoted along with traditional therapies or done on a case by case basis if it is to be the sole treatment.... Read More...
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Women who are experiencing domestic abuse are nearly three times as likely to develop mental illness

Women who experience interpersonal violence from their partners are three times as likely to develop a mental health problem, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Not only did researchers find a higher chance of developing a mental illness following domestic abuse, but also discovered those with a mental health problem were more likely to experience abuse in future relationships. ... Read More...