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Researchers Help Fight Ineffective Antipsychotic Drugs
2011-11-24 05:46:07

Researchers interested in the treatment of schizophrenia and dementia have helped clarify how antipsychotic drugs that target a complex of two receptors at the surface of cells in the brain work. The team has shown that two brain receptors, which bind the neurotransmitter signals serotonin and glutamate at the outside of the cell, form a complex in the areas of the brain that malfunction in schizophrenic patients. The researchers have developed a metric that may help determine the...

2011-11-08 12:02:39

Canadian scientists also confirm previous research showing possible link between cannabis dependence and schizophrenia In the first worldwide study of its kind, scientists from Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found evidence that heavy methamphetamine users might have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This finding was based on a large study comparing the risk among methamphetamine users not only to a group that did not use drugs, but also to heavy users of...

Computer Algorithm Can Predict Outcomes Of Psychotic Illnesses
2011-11-08 07:12:00

Computer algorithms that analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans can help predict the duration and severity of a psychotic patient's illness, something that could help doctors make better treatment decisions, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Psychological Medicine. Psychosis is a condition that affects people's minds, altering the way they think, feel and behave.  It can be accompanied by hallucinations and delusions. The most common forms are...

2011-11-07 16:49:37

Computer analysis of brain scans could help predict how severe the future illness course of a patient with psychosis will be, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. The findings could allow doctors to make more accurate decisions about how best to treat patients. Psychosis is a condition that affects people's minds, altering the way they think, feel and behave. It can be accompanied by hallucinations and delusions. The most common forms are...

2011-11-02 11:47:16

Functional psychosis can be diagnosed from the first indications of the patient, thanks to affective symptomatology. Depressive moods, hyperactivity and lack of concentration are affective symptoms that can present themselves during the first psychotic episodes, and the presence or absence of any of them may contribute to differentiating, at an early stage, between the different variations of the mental disease. Thus concludes researcher Ms Marta Arrasate, who also pointed to the symptoms...

Putting The Body Back Into The Mind Of Schizophrenia
2011-11-01 07:32:27

A study using a procedure called the rubber hand illusion has found striking new evidence that people experiencing schizophrenia have a weakened sense of body ownership and has produced the first case of a spontaneous, out-of-body experience in the laboratory. These findings suggest that movement therapy, which trains people to be focused and centered on their own bodies, including some forms of yoga and dance, could be helpful for many of the 2.2 million people in the United States who...

2011-10-25 13:20:01

A new international survey conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital reveals that while clinicians think it is important to ask patients about their expectations, they often fail to do so and consequently may not respond adequately Patient satisfaction is increasingly recognized as an important component of quality of care. To achieve a high level of patient satisfaction, providers need to identify and address patients' expectations. However, a new international survey...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'