Biology underlying pair bonding and parenting may not be dictated by oxytocin receptors, study shows

Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, new research from scientists at UC San Francisco and Stanford Medicine shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years. In the study, appearing Jan. 27, … Read more

Lipid Signature May Flag Schizophrenia

A specific lipid profile can identify patients with schizophreniapossibly paving the way for the development of the first clinically useful diagnostic test for a severe psychiatric illness, new research suggests. Although such a test remains a long way off, investigators said, the identification of the unique lipid signature is a critical first step. However, one … Read more

Psychiatric Illnesses Share Common Brain Network

A network of neural connections is linked to six psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (BD), depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety, new research shows. Investigators used coordinate and lesion network mapping to assess whether there was a shared brain network common to multiple psychiatric disorders. In a meta-analysis of almost 200 studies encompassing more … Read more

More people with schizophrenia have health insurance after the implementation of Obamacare

The national uninsurance rate for adults under age 65 with schizophrenia decreased by 50% after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. Also known as Obamacare, the health care reform law was designed to make health insurance more affordable … Read more

Schizophrenia may be linked with vascular alterations in the brain, study suggests

A study conducted in Brazil and reported in an article published in Molecular Psychiatry suggests that schizophrenia may be associated with alterations in the vascularization of certain brain regions. Researchers at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), D’Or Research and Education Institute (IDOR) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) found a link … Read more

Research finds a higher rate of rare tandem repeats in the genomes of individuals with schizophrenia

In our cells, the language of DNA is written, making each of us unique. A tandem repeat occurs in DNA when a pattern of one or more nucleotides – the basic structural unit of DNA coded in the base of chemicals cytosine (C), adenine (A), guanine (G) and thymine (T) – is repeated multiple times … Read more