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Schizophrenia Symptoms Linked to Faulty ‘Switch’ in Brain

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Scientists at The University of Nottingham have shown that psychotic symptoms experienced by people with schizophrenia could be caused by a faulty ‘switch’ within the brain.

In a study published today in the leading journal Neuron, they have demonstrated that the severity of symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations which are typical in patients with the psychiatric disorder is caused by a disconnection between two important regions in the brain — the insula and the lateral frontal cortex.

The research is in Neuron. (full open access) 

This image highlights the location of the insula in green. The image is credited to Gray’s Anatomy.
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Study: No Link Between Mercury Exposure and Autism-like Behaviors

The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain – specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy – has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. 

However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that there is no association between prenatal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors.

More at http://bit.ly/1bKsTrs.

The research is in Epidemiology. (full access paywall)

Image: This figure shows some common sources of mercury, the conversion to toxic methylmercury and the outline of EPA consumption recommendations for certain types of fish based on mercury levels. The image is credited to Bretwood Higman, Ground Truth Trekking.

Edit: Please see the comments for a discussion regarding the accuracy of the image used. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts about the research, press release, comments, images used or any other issues in the comments, or site. 
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