Biologically-Based Diagnostic Tests for Schizophrenia or a Better Understanding of the Nature of the Illness?

There is a search for diagnostic tests for schizophrenia (SCZ) and its subtypes while the concept of SCZ as a distinct disease entity from other major psychiatric disorders is shifting.

No biologically-based medical test, such as a blood test or the use of brain imaging for diagnosing SCZ exists, but there is much research that aims to come up with reliable tests using these technologies. For the moment, they are mainly intended for use in research that ultimately aims to characterize individual responses to treatment. Continue reading “Biologically-Based Diagnostic Tests for Schizophrenia or a Better Understanding of the Nature of the Illness?”

Human Endogenous Retrovirus W Family and its Association with Schizophrenia: More Research Is Warranted

Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), particularly those belonging to the W family, HERV-W, are one focus of research on factors that may be implicated in causing schizophrenia (SCZ) or promoting its development over time. HERVs are part of the human genome and are passed from parents to their offspring. Continue reading “Human Endogenous Retrovirus W Family and its Association with Schizophrenia: More Research Is Warranted”