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2011-10-05 14:04:17

Research provides new insight into why some of us are better than others at remembering what really happened A structural variation in a part of the brain may explain why some people are better than others at distinguishing real events from those they might have imagined or been told about, researchers have found. The University of Cambridge scientists found that normal variation in a fold at the front of the brain called the paracingulate sulcus (or PCS) might explain why some people...

2011-09-29 09:00:00

"My Plan, My Life - My Psychiatric Advance Directive" Introduced in Time for Mental Illness Awareness Week ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Mental Health America is launching My Plan, My Life - My Psychiatric Advance Directive (www.MyPlanMyLife.com) -- a new online resource to inform consumers with mental illness, their families and health care professionals about the importance of psychiatric advance directives as a tool that provides instructions regarding...

2011-09-28 07:58:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Galenea Corp. has been awarded two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to further their work towards discovering and developing breakthrough therapeutics for the cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia. These latest awards from the National Institute of Mental Health will support two independent projects through the end of 2013 and qualify Galenea to compete for larger Phase II awards in 2014. The first grant...

Researchers Find Link Between Schizophrenia And Epilepsy
2011-09-19 13:57:00

  A new study has found that people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are six times more likely to develop epilepsy. Researchers in Taiwan followed 16,000 patients with epilepsy and schizophrenia between 1999 and 2008. The team identified 5,195 patients with schizophrenia and 11,527 patients with epilepsy who were all diagnosed during the nine year period. The findings show that incidence of epilepsy was 6.99 per 1,000 person-years in the schizophrenia patient group,...

2011-08-24 18:36:10

In this week's Journal of Neuroscience, Pitt researchers report progress in understanding how drugs act on dopamine-producing neurons; could enable them to create more targeted treatments The classic symptoms of schizophrenia — paranoia, hallucinations, the inability to function socially–can be managed with antipsychotic drugs. But exactly how these drugs work has long been a mystery. Now, researchers at Pitt have discovered that antipsychotic drugs work akin to a Rube...

2011-08-09 14:51:47

Study also suggests ways to remediate cognitive errors Concern about the capacity of individuals with schizophrenia to consent to clinical research studies has largely focused on impairment due to psychotic symptoms associated with the disorder. Less attention has been given to the cognitive errors that prospective participants make when undergoing a formal assessment of decisional capacity. In a study reported in IRB: Ethics & Human Research, a team of psychiatrists and clinical...

2011-07-20 16:38:44

Researchers have revealed the molecular pathway that is affected during the onset of schizophrenia and successfully alleviated symptoms of the illness in mice, using a cancer drug currently in advanced clinical trials Researchers have revealed the molecular pathway that is affected during the onset of schizophrenia and successfully alleviated symptoms of the illness in mice, using a cancer drug currently in advanced clinical trials. The research, published online in the journal Brain, is from...

2011-07-11 19:55:13

De novo mutations more frequent De novo mutations "“ genetic errors that are present in patients but not in their parents "“ are more frequent in schizophrenic patients than in normal individuals, according to an international group of scientists led by Dr. Guy A. Rouleau of the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. The discovery, published today in Nature Genetics, may enable researchers to define how the disease results from these mutations and eventually...

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2011-05-17 12:05:00

A new study has found that there is no physical explanation for delusional infestations, and those patients who complained of being infected with bugs or eggs generally had a clean report on medical exams. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who suffer from delusional infestation have also reported fatigue, joint pain, and short term memory loss. In cases of delusional infestation, "patients often complain that the physician isn't examining their skin closely...

2011-04-18 13:33:46

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that currently affects about one in every 200 people. Most patients find some relief from their symptoms by treatment with antipsychotics, however they may still suffer from cognitive and negative symptoms. These include poor concentration and memory, apathy, or a reduced ability to cope in social situations. Preliminary research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine shows that patients who received L-lysine alongside their...