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Schizophrenia: The placenta may explain risk

Schizophrenia: The placenta may explain risk

New research finds a connection between genes and the birth complications that raise the risk of schizophrenia: the placenta. The findings might help to accurately predict who will develop the condition and reduce risk by improving the health of the placenta. The placenta — or the organ that protects and provides nutrients to the fetus […]

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Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain’s complex evolution?

Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain’s complex evolution?

New genetic evidence, published in the journal Schizophrenia, suggests that the condition is an “unwanted side effect” of the evolution of the complex human brain. The human brain is complex, and in its equally complex evolution, schizophrenia may have come up as ‘an unwanted side effect.’ More and more studies have been illuminating the genetic […]

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Tardive dyskinesia: What you need to know

Tardive dyskinesia: What you need to know

Tardive dyskinesia is a side effect of certain medications that causes unintended muscle movements, usually in the face. These movements are jerky, stiff, and cannot be controlled. Tardive dyskinesia is not related to other disorders that cause involuntary movements, such as Parkinson’s disease or tic disorders. In this article, we look at the causes and […]