Scientists identify susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder
A new study provides fascinating insight into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The research, published by Cell Press online ...
Study shows that a combination of common genetic variations can lead to schizophrenia
A multi-national group of investigators, including a scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has discovered that nearly a third of the genetic basis of schizophrenia may be attributed ...
Researchers identify genetic link to attempted suicide
A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide.
Common copy number variations unlikely to contribute significantly toward common diseases
A study of the genetics of common diseases including diabetes, heart disease and bipolar disorder has found that commonly occurring copy number variations - duplicated or missing chunks of DNA in our genome - are unlikely ...
Young adults may outgrow bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, or manic-depression, causes severe and unusual shifts in mood and energy, affecting a person's ability to perform everyday tasks. With symptoms often starting in early adulthood, bipolar disorder has been ...
Multiple Symptoms Can Point to Bipolar Disorder
(PhysOrg.com) -- When it comes to bipolar disorder, a successful diagnosis can be challenging.
Researcher identifies links between hypertension, bipolar disorders
Nearly half of patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder may suffer from hypertension, and the younger a person is diagnosed with the psychiatric condition the more likely they are to develop high blood pressure, according ...
If bipolar disorder is over-diagnosed, what are the actual diagnoses?
A year ago, a study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University researchers reported that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received an actual diagnosis of bipolar disorder after using ...
Mentally ill threat in nursing homes
(AP) -- Ivory Jackson had Alzheimer's, but that wasn't what killed him. At 77, he was smashed in the face with a clock radio as he lay in his nursing home bed.
Life expectancy of severely mentally ill dramatically reduced due to poor physical health
Physical ill-health is rife among the severely mentally ill in Britain, according to new research published today by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
FDA weighs approval of psychiatric drugs for kids
(AP) -- Three blockbuster psychiatric drugs currently approved for adults also appear to work in adolescents, though federal health officials have concerns about exposing younger patients to the drugs' side effects.
Schizophrenia-linked gene controls the birth of new neurons
A gene that is arguably the most studied "schizophrenia gene" plays an unanticipated role in the brain: It controls the birth of new neurons in addition to their integration into existing brain circuitry, according to a report ...
Bipolar disorder linked to risk of early death from natural causes
Bipolar disorder appears to increase the risk of early death from medical illnesses, according to a literature review study published as the lead article this week in the journal Psychiatric Services.
Having parents with bipolar disorder associated with increased risk of psychiatric disorders
Children and teens of parents with bipolar disorder appear to have an increased risk of early-onset bipolar disorder, mood disorders and anxiety disorders, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Ps ...