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2012-03-15 12:00:13

Psychiatry is employing smartphone technology as an innovative tool in the assessment and treatment of schizophrenia and other serious mental illness. Prominent in this endeavor is Dror Ben-Zeev, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and director of the Thresholds-Dartmouth Research Center in Chicago. “We are using the technology that is already in your pocket to create a completely new medium for psychotherapeutic intervention,” says Ben-Zeev....

2012-03-08 00:52:49

Neuron paper by UB researchers reveals why chronic stress in adolescence impairs memory, may trigger mental illness Chronic stress has a more powerful effect on the brain during adolescence than in adulthood and now there's proof at the molecular level. "We have identified a causal link between molecules and behaviors involved in stress responses," says Zhen Yan, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "It's...

2012-03-06 10:45:55

Evidence-based tools help improve daily functioning and increase treatment transparency and accountability People with schizophrenia report improved functioning after participating in a new, evidence-based clinical program, according to results announced today from a six-month pilot. The program, Advancing Standards of Care for People with Schizophrenia, was spearheaded by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) and administered at 10 community...

2012-02-28 21:37:09

Self enucleation: Forget Freud and Oedipus, it's all about untreated psychosis The self-inflicted removal of one or both eyes, which has traditionally been attributed to sexual guilt, is, in fact, caused by untreated psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, reveal researchers in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. This type of self-inflicted mutilating injury is fortunately very rare, emphasise the authors, but over 50 cases have been published in medical journals over the past 50...

2012-02-27 07:26:45

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new study on enhancing behavior and brain activation in patients with schizophrenia has found that a specific type of computerized cognitive training can do just that. Schizophrenia can be defined as a debilitating psychiatric illness associated with severe symptoms, including hallucination, delusions, and substantial cognitive and social deficits. The study discovered that after 16 weeks of intense cognitive training improved social functioning several months later...

2012-01-10 15:08:56

In a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), people with schizophrenia showed greater brain activity during tests that induce a brief, mild form of delusional thinking. This effect wasn't seen in a comparison group without schizophrenia. The study appears in the December issue of Biological Psychiatry. "We studied a type of delusion called a delusion of reference, which occurs when people feel that external stimuli such as newspaper articles or strangers'...

2012-01-06 06:11:44

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — In the 80s, there was a commercial that aired constantly of a cracked egg being cooked in a frying pan, and then, there was the voice-over, "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs; any questions?" Different ingredients found in marijuana appear to affect regions of the brain differently during processing functions involving responses to certain visual stimuli and tasks; thus leading to hallucinations. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D, at the...

2012-01-05 12:37:01

Recent research has found striking links between psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and certain types of international immigration. Now for the first time, a major study has found that immigrating in early childhood appears to carry the highest risk. The study, conducted in the Netherlands, found that the younger the age at migration, the higher the risk of psychotic disorders. Those who immigrated when under the age of five had a twofold higher risk than those who immigrated at age...

2012-01-02 23:13:27

Adolescents diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses appear to show greater decreases in gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the frontal lobe compared to healthy adolescents without a diagnosis of psychosis, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Progressive loss of brain gray matter (GM) has been reported in childhood-onset schizophrenia; however, it is uncertain whether these changes...


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