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This device will provide results in a matter of minutes – while regular blood test results could take days or weeks. goodbishop/ Shutterstock

Schizophrenia: new blood test device could improve treatment

Blood samples help doctors know whether a treatment is effective or not – and this device can provide this information almost instantly.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain. Sarah DeGenova Ackerman

Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow

Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
Schizophrenia has been identified as a significant risk factor for dying of COVID-19. (Canva)

COVID-19 and schizophrenia: A potentially deadly combination

People with schizophrenia are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without the serious mental illness, making it second only to age as a risk factor for mortality.
It has long been recognised that mental disorders can run in families. And often members of such families differ in their symptoms. Getty Images

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

Research on the genetic basis of mental illness has so far largely excluded anyone who is not of European heritage.
Cannabis seedlings are shown at the new Aurora Cannabis facility, November 24, 2017 in Montréal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction

Research shows that THC and CBD in cannabis have potential to interrupt the vicious cycle of opioid addiction, dependence, withdrawal and relapse.
Research shows that some mindfulness-based interventions for psychotic symptoms can offer people insight into their experiences, and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. (Shutterstock)

How meditation can help sufferers of schizophrenia

Anti-psychotic drugs work well for only about 30 per cent of schizophrenia patients. Meditation can offer them a route to self-acceptance and reduced anxiety.

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