Developmental Disorders

Developmental Disorders

molecular Pathway That May Cause Psychosis in Some Types of Schizophrenia

In a schizophrenia-related disorder known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS), altered activity along a single molecular pathway can lead to disruptions in neural connections in the brain that might cause psychosis, according to new research.

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Brain Cells

Microglia, immune cells that reside in the brain and spinal cord, are a first-line defense against infection in the central nervous system. But the immune cells play more than a protective role—they also help shape developing neural circuits.

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Researchers have identified nearly 700 genes whose activity levels differ in the brains of people with schizophrenia compared to individuals without the disorder.

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New Technique Recreates Large-Scale Genetic Errors

Second-generation antipsychotic medications like risperidone (Risperdal) and aripiprazole (Abilify) can help reduce agit

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Researchers Identify Gene Variations Specifically Associated with Intellectual Disability

Deletions of DNA in a portion of a gene known as NRXN1 may play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a study published on May 19, 2016 in Genetics in Medicine

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