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New study: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are genetically linked

New study: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are genetically linked

A new study suggests that if schizophrenia runs in a family, there's a good chance that bipolar disorder does as well (and vice versa). The findings, published today in the journal The Lancet , suggest that the two disorders are caused by some of the same genes.

January 15, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
FDA okays new drug to treat fibromyalgia

FDA okays new drug to treat fibromyalgia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new med to treat fibromyalgia, a mysterious disease characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances and depression.

January 15, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Coffee-induced hallucinations? Caffeinated coeds hear voices, study says

Coffee-induced hallucinations? Caffeinated coeds hear voices, study says

Java is known to give some people the jitters if they drink too much of it. But can it also trigger hallucinations?

It may if you consume enough of it, say British psychologists, who report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences this week that college students they studied said they sometimes heard faux voices after chugging at least seven cups of coffee daily.

January 15, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Can open-heart surgery make you dimmer?

Can open-heart surgery make you dimmer?

Every year, about half a million Americans undergo open-heart surgery. Roughly 60 percent of them experience some degree of mental decline after the surgery, a phenomenon that surgeons call "pumphead." A new study in this month's Annals of Thoracic Surgery sheds light on possible causes of the mysterious condition, which in some patients is temporary but in others may last a lifetime.

January 9, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Three people in Hawaii have come down with what appears to be a rare parasitic disease called rat lungworm disease in recent weeks. Two of the victims (friends who had a meal together) told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that they experienced "agonizing pain" after eating raw vegetables – and physicians fear they may have accidentally swallowed slug larvae hidden inside folds of raw peppers.

January 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
"Love hormone" may also help us recognize faces

"Love hormone" may also help us recognize faces

Oxytocin, a hormone associated with trust and social bonding, also helps people recognize familiar human faces, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings, published today in The Journal of Neuroscience , could shed light on the causes of mysterious neurological and psychological disorders.

January 7, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs currently on the market but used for other purposes helped plump mice shed pounds by upping their response to the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin, according to a new study.

January 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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